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Abraxas is a Godzilla MonsterVerse fanfiction written by Hrodvitnon, which is available to read on FanFiction.net and Archive Of Our Own (with extra author's notes).

Set after the events of Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) and diverging from the MonsterVerse continuity before Godzilla vs. Kong, the story's set-up in the first chapter is that not only does King Ghidorah's severed head still contain San's (also known among the fandom as "Kevin") living mind, but it’s also carrying Vivienne Graham's Only Mostly Dead body after she was Swallowed Whole by Ghidorah's central head during the film — San is reviving and regenerating her to form a new half-human, half-Ghidorah Kaiju chimera; with San and Vivienne's minds residing in separate heads on her transformed body as "brother and sister". Caged by Alan Jonah and his mercenaries in an unknown location after the duo's painful rebirth, Vivienne suffers from PTSD and warily makes a truce with San so they may escape to freedom. The story follows the fused siblings' building relationship and their struggle to avoid slipping to their pain and madness.

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Status: Completed as of October, 2021

Official description: "Within the head lies the seat of the soul. Despite all appearances, Dr. Graham didn't die that night. Ghidorah has plans for her, punishment for her efforts to contain him. He will remake her in his own image. And now Jonah has them both. But things rarely go according to plan, and the head left behind to keep her is too curious for his own good. Far too curious... and far too eager to learn."

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This story contains examples of:

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  • 11th-Hour Superpower: During the Final Battle, both Monster X and Godzilla get this. Monster X metamorphoses into its significantly more powerful final form, and Godzilla unlocks his Spiral Heat Ray.
  • Abusive Precursors: It's revealed in Chapter 10 that Ghidorah was created billions of years ago by a technologically-advanced civilization on an alien world, whom Word of God indicates were not Anti-Villains or Blue-and-Orange Morality but really were sadistic assholes. Ghidorah became their Precursor Killer.
  • Action Survivor: Ren and the boat crew he's with at Yonaguni could count, when they find themselves running and then hiding for their lives from a Titan battle amid a storm in Chapter 13.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade:
    • Inverted with Jonah: him being slowly maddened into misanthropy by decades of repetitive war experience is largely absent in this story, and the murder of his daughter (which was mentioned as a factor in the King of the Monsters novelization) is the chief reason for his start of darkness.
    • Mark Russell, on top of the grief of losing Emma and having missed out on a big chunk of his now-Shell-Shocked Veteran daughter's childhood like in Godzilla vs. Kong, also has Survivor Guilt and receives You Should Have Died Instead in this continuity.
  • Adaptational Heroism:
    • Monster X (Vivienne and San) is benevolent, aligned with Earth's Titans, and comparatively goes further out of its way than most Titans do to avoid innocent human casualties; instead of being an evil invader.
    • Mandazawa is an innocent Protectorate to the heroic Titans and tries to be a Tagalong Kid in Chapter 17, whereas the original incarnation was an Anti-Villain and subsequent incarnations in movies have been Brainwashed and Crazy or straight-up monsters. This extends to Manda's father the Lord of Dragons before him, who was on outright friendly terms with Godzilla when alive and isn't mentioned as having gone to any morally ambiguous lengths defending his territory.
    • The Abraxas version of Ren Serizawa, who was introduced before Godzilla vs. Kong came out, is a mostly heroic character with a respect for the Titans, rather than a callous Evil Genius with an anti-Godzilla agenda.
    • Rodan and Scylla both fight for Godzilla against the Many; whereas in canon the closest either of them have come to acting heroically is when they submit to Godzilla's dominance, and they're outright described in the Godzilla vs. Kong novelization as being among the nastier Titans.
    • Averted with Apex Cybernetics — they approach Monarch with plans for legitimate projects which could better prepare mankind to defend itself against Titan-level threats and make the Titans' job of defending the world somewhat easier for them, but they're nevertheless secretly engaged in illegal business practices involving Bio-Major and the Zmeyevich all for their own hidden agenda.
  • Adaptational Intelligence: Both Mark Russell and Maia Simmons get this alongside Adaptational Nice Guy.
    • Mark becomes the emotional kind due to Character Development; growing into a more competent parent figure to Madison who overcomes the My Beloved Smother and Just a Kid pitfalls during the story, compared to his canon counterpart's failure at both those hurdles in Godzilla vs. Kong.
    • Maia is an Iron Lady who knows how to amicably get what she wants from people, and she also shows explicit awareness of some of her Psychopathic Manchild father's shortcomings. Compare that to the open book jerk in Godzilla vs. Kong who was little more than her father's lackey and who infamously shot at Kong.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy:
    • Mark Russell starts the story with the same temper issues and judgmentalism that he persistently displays in MonsterVerse canon, but he calms down and becomes more open to others' reasoning. The ending heavily implies this version of Mark will be more considerate and have a much better relationship with his daughter than the relationship strained by My Beloved Smother and Fantasy-Forbidding Father that they have in Godzilla vs. Kong.
    • This continuity's version of Maia Simmons is a lot more amicable on business than the smug, rich jerk from Godzilla vs. Kong, even if she is still complicit in some very illegal stuff.
  • Adaptation Species Change: Downplayed with the Skullcrawlers. The Godzilla vs. Kong title sequence indicates they've been classified as a Titan species in MonsterVerse canon; whereas in this story, Chapter 17 explicitly shows that Thor himself doesn't consider Skullcrawlers to be in the same class as Titans, and indicates there is a distinct class difference.
  • Adapted Out: The King of the Monsters novelization mentions that Vivienne has nephews and nieces (and therefore she logically has sibling/s). In this story's continuity, she was an only child.
  • Admiring the Abomination: Titans evoke this reaction in a lot of humans at Monarch like in canon, and following its second Metamorphosis in Chapter 8, Monster X is no exception.
  • Adult Fear:
    • Inverted and Played Straight when Ghidorah or the Many threaten to Vivienne that they'll go after Susan and Madison. The thought of some vile and murderous enemy telling you they know where your loved ones are and threatening them very much crosses into this trope's territory.
    • It's revealed in Chapter 15 that Susan Graham used to worry about her daughter being in a line of work where she's a nationally-recognized figurehead of an organization that's facing widespread socio-political backlash, and where there's a mortal occupational hazard.
  • Advanced Ancient Humans: The ancient civilization of Mu are implied to have been this. According to Godzilla, they had a "great city with vast fanes and mighty fleets", and the entire island of Yonaguni (which has an area of nearly 29km) is just a small fragment of the original kingdom.
  • Affably Evil:
  • After the End: Downplayed, in that the aftermath of Ghidorah’s Apocalypse Wow from the movie is no worse than a Class 1 fallout for humanity. Boston, Washington D.C. and Moscow are among the destroyed cities that remain in ruins, it's mentioned in Chapter 11 that plush toys of Mothra are apparently popular in Kunming, and apparent a siren Titan warning system has been implemented all over the world to alert populations when a Titan is approaching.
  • Agent Scully: A minor example. There's an unnamed Monarch operative in Chapter 15 who is sceptical of Monster X's warning about the Many coming due to the duo's extensive mental trauma.
  • Alas, Poor Villain:
    • Considering his Affably Evil, it's hard to not feel sorry about Sergeant Travis' particularly slow and cruel Brown Note-caused Sanity Slippage and his post-suicide Fate Worse than Death, even if he was one of the human bad guys.
    • And Alan Jonah. As much of an evil Smug Snake as he was, the revelation after his Karmic Death that his motives for experimenting on Monster X and Ghidorah's DNA were partly thinking he could resurrect his dead daughter can evoke a moment of pity.
  • Alien Autopsy: The original staff of the abandoned Monarch outpost apparently did this to Chuchuna specimens, the corpses of which are present in an old mortuary chamber.
  • Alien Blood: Monster X has black blood like Ghidorah, as does the Many "patchwork body" of Ni/Elder Brother.
  • Aliens Are Bastards: Aside from Ghidorah, there's also the mysterious alien civilization who created it. They made Ghidorah what it now is, and the author believes that these advanced beings had no higher motivation than finding ways to inflict pain and cause destruction for their own sakes.
  • Aliens in Cardiff: Ren Serizawa lampshades Titans' tendency to show up at major cities or other well-known population centers in Chapter 13, and the fact the Titans' battle at Yonaguni (due to the Monument's contents) breaks pattern. So does the later battle at Berezniki.
  • Allergic to Evil: A (somewhat unreliable) POV in Chapter 17 indicates that a human child who was exposed to the Many fell ill as an early Virus Victim Symptom.
  • All There in the Manual: The author has provided some extra pieces of information about the story's universe on her Tumblr account (not all under the same tag), and in the Archive Of Our Own author's notes and comments section.
  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us: The ultimate fate of Jonah and his paramilitary forces in the Ural outpost, due to a combination of the Many overrunning the base and Ghidorah's decapitated head inflicting Sanity Slippage to make Jonah and his men fuel the Many.
  • Alternate History: Somewhat, due to the movies' events. The Titan Mass Awakening occurred in 2019 (see After the End). It's also worth noting that despite most of the story explicitly taking place in 2020, the COVID-19 Pandemic doesn’t seem to be a problem (probably justified by the Titans' post-Awakening effects on Earth's ecosystems).
  • Alternate Self:
    • There's essentially more than one version of San, as the San who serves as one of the protagonists only has memories of Ghidorah's actions up to his head's decapitation, and doesn't remember what his regrown doppelgänger on Ghidorah's body did before it died at Boston — kind of like an outdated backup file copy. Besides the San who died at Boston, San-2/Youngest Brother is the result of San's old Ghidorah head regenerating his personality and memories after San's consciousness transferred from it to Monster X, and he lacks the main San's Character Development that led to a Heel–Face Turn.
    • MaNi/Elder Brother is a "shed skin" like Vivienne's San, created by Ghidorah's right head splitting off during the three-headed monster's regeneration and forming an autonomous body with the Many. He's also seemingly even more Ax-Crazy than is normal for Ni. During Chapter 17, two versions of Ni/Elder Brother are existing at the same time after Ghidorah has regenerated its right head from MaNi's creation.
  • Alternate Universe Fic: Continuation type. The fic began publishing in 2019, and the author originally wanted to match the fic's events within the frame of any future developments in the canon continuity such as Godzilla vs. Kong before the film's release, but the fic now looks set to be an Alternate Continuity. Major divergences from post-King of the Monsters canon include Ghidorah's decapitated head continuing to regenerate instead of decaying to an undead skull, and the Titans from the Mass Awakening remaining active yet keeping the peace with humanity's world. Apart from this, several human characters and Titans who were introduced in post-King of the Monsters MonsterVerse instalments are confirmed (within the story or by Word of God) to also exist in this story's continuity, and it's heavily implied the AbraxasVerse iterations of the Hollow Earth and its inhabitants are much like the Godzilla vs. Kong depiction.
  • And Then John Was a Zombie: Sergeant Travis initially survives the Many overrunning Jonah's base, only to get turned into one of their Artificial Zombie forms. The corpse of Manda's father, who was aligned with Godzilla and protective of humans when alive, gets taken over and turned into one of the Many's zombie forms.
  • And Your Little Dog, Too!: Ghidorah and the Many are not at all above threatening or attacking their foes' loved ones to get to them — the former in particular might do it just for sheer sadistic glee. MaNi/Elder Brother in particular goes after first San and then Manda trying to get Vivienne to snap.
  • Animal Talk: Specifically Kaiju Talk. All the Titans including Monster X are able to communicate with each other and understand what they're saying, plus there's special humans who Speak Fluent Kaiju.
  • Answer Cut:
    • In Chapter 7, one of Team Mauzer responds "What the fuck" when receiving footage from Krupin's headcam. Then the narrative cuts to the perspective of Krupin's headcam and shows us what provoked that reaction, before Mariko exposits.
    • In Chapter 15, Vivienne wonders why a Monarch helicopter is approaching, and the POV cuts to show the reader why.
  • The Antichrist: Monster X is the Anti-Antichrist; a half-human Artificial Hybrid created by Ghidorah which Ghidorah wants to drive down a Start of Darkness, but is firmly on the side of humanity and the heroic Titans. The Zmeyevich are implied to be a straighter example of this trope: they are quite literally Ghidorah's hybrid offspring, and once they're born, there's nothing to suggest they'll be inclined to side with Team Good like Monster X did.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism:
    • Mentioned by name in Chapter 8 when Mark Russell doesn't believe that Vivienne is Back from the Dead as a Kaiju, prompting Mariko to remind him of Ghidorah's other borderline-Eldritch abilities which Mark himself witnessed. To be fair on Mark, Dr. Brooks says that what's happened to Vivienne is unprecedented even for Monarch.
    • Vivienne had a similar attitude to Bill Randa about the belief that aliens (at least ones vaguely resembling humans) might exist, until San tells her he and his brothers once destroyed an advanced civilization; in Chapter 10.
  • Arc Words: "The head is the seat of the soul."
  • Armor-Piercing Question:
    • This question from Vivienne to Mariko about the deaths at Outpost 58 renders the latter silent in Chapter 3:
      "Do you… even care?"
    • And she successfully gives Jonah one in Chapter 6:
      "Did Ash know you let him die?"
    • Godzilla immediately gets Vivienne to stop and calm down with one in Chapter 15 when she's panicked and in no state to fight:
      "WHAT CAN YOU DO BEYOND FRIGHTENING MANDA?"
  • Artifact of Doom: The decapitated Ghidorah head inside the abandoned Monarch outpost, which is implied to still have some of Ghidorah in it after San's consciousness has left.
  • Ascended Extra: San and Vivienne Graham, who were both technically minor or supporting characters in MonsterVerse canon and are considered Ensemble Dark Horses by the MonsterVerse fandom, are the two main protagonists of this story, and they respectively get further characterization and Character Development.
  • Asshole Victim:
    • Jonah's Mook Lieutenant who deliberately pushes Vivienne to anger in Chapter 4 is really just asking to be ripped apart by increasingly antagonizing a Skullcrawler-sized, half-Ghidorah and traumatized Titan with any and all tricks in the book, but it should be noted that he was ultimately only acting on Jonah's orders rather than being a little shit like Guard B-04.
    • Speaking of Guard B-04, given the circumstances under which he dies, it's entirely possible that the red-seeing Viv and San aren't even aware when they kill him that he's the same Dirty Coward bully who, for no reason but his own amusement, cruelly taunted and antagonized Vivienne whilst she was in no position to attack him.
    • Generally speaking, Jonah's Basement Club and the rest of his Eco-Terrorist paramilitary could count, when San's old Ghidorah-head which their boss is keeping around starts psychically inducing Sanity Slippages in them and when the Many assimilate them, since these are the same guys who followed Jonah in massacring Monarch operatives and were willing to cause the deaths of billions of people in the name of their cause during King of the Monsters. Still, their ultimate Fate Worse than Death seems like a worse fate than even they deserve for their crimes.
  • The Assimilator: The Many do this to hosts they infect and reanimate, furthermore being capable of Fusion Dances, and Ghidorah's plan for Monster X is to turn Vivienne into Ghidorah's fourth head (Shi).
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Titans, being intelligent beasts, generally have a Darwinist hierarchy where they respect might and victory.
  • Attack the Mouth: This happens to the evil monsters a few times.
  • Awakening the Sleeping Giant: In Chapter 17, Mothra uses her own version of the Alpha Call to rally the other Titans around the world to war, including Titans such as the MUTO Queen who have not yet had any involvement in the war against the Many and the regenerating Ghidorah.
  • Ax-Crazy:
    • Ghidorah's three heads (especially Ichi/Eldest Brother and Ni/Elder Brother) are no Adaptational Nice Guy here whatsoever, getting a kick out of tormenting and then killing their prey with extreme prejudice. Making this trope more relevant is the revelation in Ghidorah's Backstory that its Omnicidal Mania came about due to Terrible Ticking and Being Tortured Makes You Evil.
      • MaNi/Elder Brother takes this a bit further, as his literally foaming-at-the-mouth levels of sadism and bloodlust without Ghidorah's other two heads acting as his Restraining Bolt cause him to take things to Stupid Evil and Too Dumb to Live levels when he wants to play with Monster X.
    • Jonah has an uncharacteristic psychotic episode in Chapter 5 when he performs a particularly nasty experiment on Monster X and goes out of his way to try verbally ripping Vivienne to shreds, signifying his Sanity Slippage.
  • Back from the Dead:
  • Badass Boast:
    • Ghidorah has this for a Bone Singer who communicated with it, in the past in Chapter 5:note 
      Ichi: WE ARE DEATHLESS
      Ni: WE ARE ETERNAL
      Ichi: WE ARE THE DESTROYER OF WORLDS
      Ni: CONSUMED EMPIRES OF FLESH AND BONE AND METAL
      San: we live forever cut off our heads and they will grow back
      Ichi: THE HEAD IS THE SEAT OF THE SOUL
      Ni: THE HEAD IS THE SEAT OF THE SOUL
      San: the head is the seat of the soul
    • Vivienne has this for Jonah when she and San are almost ready to escape containment:
      "Did you think us defeated? Broken down to be your tool? Did you think yourself like Odin, all-seeing and all-knowing? Binding us like Fenrir, foretold to bring about great destruction at the time of Ragnarök? For all his wisdom and insight and knowledge, did it ever occur to Odin that by binding the wolf he was only creating a self-fulfilling prophecy? Fenrir's sons will devour the sun and moon, Gleipnir will break, and Fenrir will have his vengeance on Odin. This fetter will break..."
    • And Monster X have this to say to Ichi in Chapter 17:
      Ichi: HA. YOU ARE MORE LIKE ME THAN YOU CARE TO ADMIT.
      Monster X (final form): Comes with the name. I am Abraxas. I can be good... and I can be a terrible, necessary evil.
  • Badass Crew: Monster X, Godzilla and Rodan have shown signs of this dynamic, with Godzilla as the most dominant of the lot. They're all individually powerful, and Vivienne has shown signs of bonding with both the other two Titans.
  • Bad Boss:
    • Ghidorah viewed the Titans that it commanded during the events of King of the Monsters as little to nothing more than curs for it to bend to its will and sic on the world as it pleased.
    • Jonah has no problem killing any Disposable Vagrant who compromises his operations, and he (possibly due to Sanity Slippage) forgets to think about his own soldiers' welfare in Chapter 6.
  • Baddie Flattery: Vivienne gets complimented a couple times by San-Who-Could-Have-Been/Youngest Brother, Ichi/Eldest Brother and MaNi/Elder Brother respectively on how ferocious, brutal and beautiful a creature she's grown into, because a monster that's just like Ghidorah is what they want of her.
  • Bad People Abuse Animals: The alien civilization who turned Ichi, Ni and San into Ghidorah eons ago. Besides what they did that led to those once-little critters becoming so monstrously sadistic, the author commented that they probably enjoyed taking electric prods to whatever animal equated to puppies in their home.
  • Bald of Evil: Besides Alan Jonah, two of his Mook Lieutenants who are O.C. Stand-ins in the story – Tejada and Sergeant Travis – are confirmed by Word of God to be Mooks from King of the Monsters who were shaved-headed. In the case of the latter two it's arguably subverted, since Tejada and Travis are both Affably Evil and one of them is implied to make a Heel–Face Turn.
  • Battle Couple: Godzilla and Mothra are heavily implied to be this, based on their interactions before and after they get to fight together again.
  • Battle Discretion Shot: In Chapter 7, we only see the aftermath of a battle to fight off the Artificial Zombies which took place wholly offscreen some time ago.
  • Battle in the Rain: Most of the Yonaguni battle in Chapter 13 occurs amid a rainstorm. Justified by the Many's Weather Manipulation.
  • Been There, Shaped History:
  • Being Evil Sucks: San and by extension San-2/Youngest Brother genuinely crave affection and ultimately happiness from Vivienne, both of which are things that Ichi/Eldest Brother and Ni/Elder Brother deprived Ghidorah's left head of, only letting him indulge in gleefully killing and eating.
  • Being Tortured Makes You Evil:
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Monster X and Rodan have shown signs of this in the two creatures' vitriolic interactions, and the author has joked more than once about it on her Tumblr.
  • Belly Mouth:
    • The Many's Fusion Dances can form these out of their hosts, with MaNi/Elder Brother having a rudimentary Belly Mouth formed out of the Skullcrawler half of his body.
    • Keizer Ghidorah has a Norris style maw in its chest.
  • Berserk Button:
    • For Vivienne, it's deriding her relationship with the late Serizawa, or threatening her loved ones such as Madison. It's also advisable that one avoid reminding her of Ghidorah and triggering her PTSD.
    • For San, it's inflicting serious physical or psychological harm on his sister.
    • Ghidorah's middle head (Ichi/Eldest Brother) specifically was ticked off by humans (namely Vivienne) building a "cage" around Ghidorah while it was frozen, and it's overall heavily implied that the middle head utterly despises any reminder of the alien Abusive Precursors who created Ghidorah and caused it to become a Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds.
    • Getting a whiff of Ghidorah's scent really makes Rodan forget about everything except what the three-headed monster did to him, in Chapter 8.
    • For Mothra, it's unjustly harming those whom she considers her children, such as Monster X, at which point she'll really show the meaning of "silk hiding steel".
    • For Madison, daring to condone her mother's crimes where she can hear you seems to have become one, based on what happens in Chapter 12.
  • Beware My Stinger Tail: Mothra gets to use her stinger once she reaches her imago form, and MaNi/Elder Brother has a thagomizer-like tail which he enjoys using as a weapon.
  • Beware the Nice Ones:
    • Monster X overall has this. Vivienne wasn't easily angered when she was a human, but her temper was frightening when she was pushed too far, and she now has more Berserk Buttons due to her Trauma Conga Line and PTSD. Likewise, San is a real sweetheart towards Vivienne and is at least tolerant and mildly curious towards humans, but God help you if you hurt his sister. (Did we also mention Monster X's storm powers are fuelled by anger and hate?)
    • Mothra has an angelic and benevolent personality, but you do not want to cause a harmful ruckus involving those she considers her children. Rodan and Thor learn this in Chapter 9, and she furthermore lives up to her name as Godzilla's Queen of the Monsters in Chapter 17.
    • Susan Graham is/was also this, as proven in Chapter 12.
    • Dr. Brooks is a rather mellow man and he can even be slightly nervous at times, but when a firm hand is required he'll remind you with nothing but his gaze that he's the same guy who unloaded a machine-gun at a gigantic Skullcrawler.
  • Big Brother Instinct: This runs both ways with Viv and San – anyone who actively and seriously messes with one of Monster X's heads is in for a world of agony and likely death from the other. Vivienne eventually also somewhat extends this to San-2/Youngest Brother during that Alternate Self's Redemption Equals Death.
  • Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti: Chuchuna (a kind of Russian yeti) is a human-sized cryptid that turns out to be real. The author also entertained the idea that other human-size hominid cryptids might be real in AbraxasVerse.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: To put it very mildly. The Many's Hive Mind have a very twisted idea of themselves, the slowly-regenerating Ghidorah, and Vivienne who Ghidorah still has very nasty plans for, to be a growing family, a notion which San-2/Youngest Brother also seems to buy into.
  • Big "SHUT UP!":
    • Deriding Vivienne's paternal relationship with Serizawa makes her snap and scream this a couple times.
    • Ichi/Eldest Brother and Ni/Elder Brother snap at San-2/Youngest Brother with this just for talking too much while they're in a bad mood.
  • Bilingual Bonus:
    • There are bits of French over the story from Vivienne and at one point from MaNi/Elder Brother, which the reader can translate on their own.
    • Translating what the Japanese letter in the Chapter 14 Nightmare Sequence means adds to the Nightmare Fuel.
    • The Chapter 16 poster has an Elder Futhark message inserted for the readers to themselves translate.
  • Bittersweet Ending: More Sweet than Bitter compared to King of the Monsters, but still. On the Sweet side: The world is saved (and this time there was no worldwide massive loss of life), Ghidorah is dead again, Monster X's Trauma Conga Line is at an end and they've finally found peace, and Mothra and Susan are both still alive. On the Bitter side: More than 150,000 people fell victim to the Many, a city-sized area and its surroundings have been rendered completely uninhabitable to humans for decades to come (which has furthermore displaced a lot of surviving locals), San's clone and Thor are dead, multiple Zmeyevich are uncounted for by Monarch (with at least two currently in the hands of an ambitious Evil, Inc.), Nadezhda's near future fate and the fates of multiple other pregnant Zmeyevich mothers is likely a Foregone Conclusion, and although Viv and San are inseparably together they can never directly express certain forms of affection towards each-other again in their final form's state.
  • Black Site: The isolated Monarch outpost which Jonah's paramilitary take up residence in is an abandoned Black Site. It's both off-book to Monarch, and was originally built by the Russians in the 20s to study Chuchuna before Monarch took it over.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: Scylla uses her sharp-bladed legs as cutting weapons, and MaNi/Elder Brother possesses a retractable bone spike-claw in his arm.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: It has more Body Horror than any of the canon MonsterVerse installments, to say nothing of the Cruel and Unusual Deaths.
  • Blood Knight: Though San isn't an Omnicidal Maniac like his brothers and is less sadistic unless provoked, he genuinely enjoys a fight. San's Elder Brother Ni and by extension MaNi in particular favor fighting and killing for their own sakes. Rodan is no fight-avoiding diplomat himself. Subverted by Godzilla, who draws the line between Tranquil Fury and The Berserker in Chapter 8.
  • Body Horror:
    • Monster X's first form is in a chronic state of agony, has ingrown extra fangs along the jaws, and a horrifically extreme case of Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva which is exacerbated by the Healing Factor's defect, making it very difficult for Viv and San to move certain joints without risking breaking their bones.
    • Then there's the Many, whose appearance was apparently partly inspired by bone cancer images (do a quick Google Images search, and you'll see why the author advised against repeating her actions). The Many's Assimilator-style Fusion Dance splitting apart and fusing together infected bodies, and incorporating tumorous-looking smaller bodies into Mind Hives, only adds to the effect.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: This nearly occurs when Keizer Ghidorah attempts to use an Alpha Call to force the non-Alpha Titans to turn against Godzilla and Mothra, with the fic stating that Titans are compelled by instinct to follow an Alpha Call's commands when they hear it and have little self-control. Fortunately for the heroes, it's subverted when Monster X cuts Ghidorah off mid-Call and the affected Titans shake the effect off.
  • Break Them by Talking:
    • Jonah attempts to psychologically break Vivienne by verbally ripping her apart whilst she's in an emotionally vulnerable state and whilst she's enduring Cold-Blooded Torture, in Chapter 5. He might have almost succeeded, but ultimately Vivienne recovers.
    • San and Vivienne turn the tables on Jonah with a Hannibal Lecture when he approaches them; finding a weak spot in his mental defences in the form of his feelings about the death of Asher during King of the Monsters and ripping into it, in Chapter 6.
    • Ghidorah regularly attempts this on Viv and San via the Psychic Link, using techniques varying from tempting to belittling, to striking when Vivienne is mentally vulnerable.
    • In Chapter 17, Monster X turns the tables on Ichi/Eldest Brother by suggesting before they kill him that when Ichi dies this time, they'll ensure he won't come back. It successfully completes the Villainous Breakdown.
  • Breath Weapon: In addition to Mothra's webbing and Godzilla's abilities; Rodan can spit fireballs from his maw, and MaNi/Elder Brother retains his Gravity Beam.
  • Bright Is Not Good: Unlike Monster X, the Many have partly golden-yellow skin to match Ghidorah's scales and lightning.
  • Broken Pedestal: Implied in Chapter 12, when Mariko listens to Madison Russell's portion of a Kirk Summation about the late Emma Russell's faults and hypocrisy.
  • Brown Note: The severed Ghidorah-head's psychic influence causes Sanity Slippages and drives the affected people to commit suicide... if they're lucky. Thor's vocalizations likewise have a compelling effect on people when he dreams, and the author notes that generally, the power in Titans' calls in the AbraxasVerse tend to make exposed humans just realize how small they as human beings really are in the big, Eldritch Abomination-filled universe.
  • Bullying a Dragon:
    • Guard B-04 viciously verbally taunts Vivienne on a recurring basis for no other reason than shits and giggles. Viv and San eventually end up killing him.
    • In Chapter 4, Jonah has one of his Mook Lieutenants deliberately attempt to provoke Monster X to anger by relentlessly hurling increasingly vicious taunts at Vivienne. When said soldier finally goes too far on her, San takes over the wheel and shuts him up permanently — and mercilessly.
  • The Bus Came Back:
    • Apart from Vivienne, San, Jonah and the O.C. Stand-ins, other characters from the movies don't appear beyond mentions, dreams and flashbacks until at least several chapters in.
    • The Skullcrawlers from Kong: Skull Island unexpectedly make an appearance in the story as late as Chapter 11.
  • Bus Crash: Admiral Stenz is mentioned a couple times, before it's confirmed in Chapter 11 that he died the same way as in the movie's novelization and deleted scene.
  • Cain and Abel: San and his brothers (Ni and Ichi) are the Abel and the Cain respectively.
  • Came Back Wrong:
    • Vivienne is an Inhuman Human case in Monster X's defective first form, although her memories, personality and other mental faculties are intact. The author explained here why it happened to them.
    • Travis and Krupin, when their corpses are infused with Ghidorah's DNA by Jonah and his closest goons in Chapter 11.
  • The Cameo:
  • Cannot Tell a Lie: It turns out San literally lacks a concept of dishonesty, and once he gets a grasp of the concept he considers the act of willfully withholding information wasteful. This more or less also applies to his brothers.
  • Can't Take Criticism: Rodan doesn't like being reminded of being humiliated and defeated in the past. Walter Simmons will apparently make a U-turn from saying he's open-minded to saying you're an idiot when faced with criticism.
  • Captain Smooth and Sergeant Rough: Godzilla is a rather calm and benevolent if Good Is Not Soft teacher, whilst Rodan is a lot more snarky and vitriolic; when they're acting as combat tutors to Monster X.
  • Cassandra Truth: Defied and consequently downplayed. Mariko is Genre Savvy enough to only explain everything about Monster X to Monarch once they've found out for themselves that it has Vivienne's DNA in it, and Mark is the only one who outright doesn't believe her at first.
  • Cat-like Dragons: Downplayed by San and Godzilla respectively, who both at times produce purr-like vocalizations as an affectionate gesture; played straighter by the newborn Manda.
  • Child by Rape: Nadezhda, Esfir and Lubyov have been artificially inseminated with Ghidorah-related Fetus Terribles, clearly without their consent. It's revealed in Chapter 16 that Ghidorah intends to invoke this on Vivienne as another way to torture her.
  • Citywide Evacuation: Subverted. Monarch and the Russian military look to evacuate Berezniki in Chapter 17, but thanks to the Many, there's absolutely no-one left by the time they get there.
  • Classified Information: The abandoned Monarch outpost's existence is buried under this, as is Thor's existence according to Word of God.
  • Close-Range Combatant: Methuselah and Scylla are fierce and powerful fighters who seemingly lack any long-range attacks.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture:
    • The worst experiments which Jonah's paramilitary perform on Monster X qualify as this; including using chlorine gas and napalm to test their Healing Factor.
    • Ghidorah and a certain MaNi/Elder Brother straight up begin inflicting this on Viv and San in Chapter 16; physically breaking them, toying with them like a cat with a mouse, and even worse MaNi/Elder Brother attempts to horrifically kill San whilst forcing Vivienne to watch.
  • Color Contrast:
    • Ghidorah and Monster X notably have this. Monster X's lightning and bioluminescence are reddish-orange instead of yellow, and after its second Metamorphosis, the gold traces in its bones and skin have turned into silver (in stark contrast to Ghidorah’s gold scales).
    • Thor's bright-blue lightning is also a contrast to both Ghidorah and Monster X.
  • Combination Attack: In Chapter 17, Monster X, Godzilla, Mothra, Thor, Rodan, Scylla, the Queen MUTO and Methuselah all collectively brutalize, cripple and wear down Keizer Ghidorah so he can eventually be finished off, and it is glorious. This also involves Mothra unlocking Godzilla's Spiral Heat Ray.
  • Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: The author has described what the voices of Godzilla and Ichi, Ni and San respectively sound like. She's also provided voices for Scylla and Methuselah, she's toyed with what Thor, Mothra and Rodan's voices would sound like, and she's stated Monster X's voice in its first form sounds like the Gravemind's in Halo.
  • Commander Contrarian: Mark Russell has shades of this among Monarch when it indirectly comes to Monster X, such as his initial Arbitrary Skepticism, and his skepticism of San's Heel–Face Turn lasting longer than the others'. Rodan has shades of this among the benevolent Titans, such as protesting to Mothra's verdict on mentoring Monster X, and seeming exasperated when Godzilla, Mothra and Manda's kind have a "bad feeling" that something's wrong (even though they often turn out to be right).
  • Continuity Cameo: Maia Simmons and Apex Cybernetics from Godzilla vs. Kong make an appearance, whilst Bernie Heyes, Dr. Ilene Andrews and Walter Simmons from the same movie are also mentioned, and Camazotz's invasion of Skull Island in Kingdom Kong is hinted at.
  • Contrived Coincidence: A little bit. The abandoned Monarch outpost which Jonah's paramilitary take up residence in happens to be the one next to the odd Titan who rejected King Ghidorah's summons during the Mass Awakening, which results in said Titan remaining in the vicinity to respond when it hears Monster X's Howl of Sorrow.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Maia Simmons, the heiress of Apex Cybernetics, is a rare female example, although it should be noted that she still answers to her father, the company director. She has ambiguous goals in this fic's continuity but appears to be accumulating power via both legal and illegal means, and unlike most CCEs she scorns over-reliance on Screw the Rules, I Have Money!.
  • Creative Sterility: According to the author, the alien beings who created Ghidorah and were exterminated by it had no imagination for anything except ways to inflict violence and destruction.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Monster X dishes out some of these during the story, particularly to Jonah's men early on — ripping in half, reducing to unrecognizable viscera, blowing them away with lightning — not to mention the Rasputinian Death Monster X delivers to MaNi/Elder Brother. It's also confirmed in the story that Vivienne didn't die too quickly when Ichi/Eldest Brother ate her alive in Antarctica. Thor's death by Heroic Sacrifice when he gets infected by the Many and fused into Keizer Ghidorah is a pretty horrible Rasputinian Death.
  • Cue the Sun: Twice.
    • At the end of the Yonaguni battle, the stormclouds caused by the Many's Weather Manipulation break up and sunlight begins filtering through.
    • At the end of the Final Battle, Keizer Ghidorah is defeated and its sky-blotting storms dissipate just moments before dawn breaks.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: MaNi/Elder Brother's battle against Monster X in their final form ends up being this. The closest MaNi comes to getting a hit in is unwittingly shattering his arm against Monster X before his Rasputinian Death in combat begins.
  • Curiosity Killed the Cast: Examples include Jonah's little Bullying the Dragon experiment on Monster X which got all the mercs directly involved turned to unrecognizable blood-splatters, in Chapter 4; and B3-Golf taking a turn they shouldn't have in the abandoned outpost's lower levels and running afoul of Artificial Zombies, in Chapter 11.
  • Curse Cut Short: B3-Cap in Chapter 11, when she sees the Artificial Zombies' Sinister Silhouettes and then one of them attacks before she can finish the sentence:
    "What the f-"
  • Cut Phone Lines: The Many pull a variation in Chapter 15, cutting off Castle Bravo's communications so they can't warn anyone at Yonaguni of the impending Dynamic Entry their enemy will pull on Monster X there.
  • Darker and Edgier: Compared to MonsterVerse canon, and the majority of Godzilla licensed continuities for that matter, this story has Bloodier and Gorier, more horror-themed Nightmare Fuel in the form of the Many and Ghidorah, and a keen focus on psychological trauma such as PTSD.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Besides Jonah and Stanton, Vivienne demonstrates a sharp tongue and a deadpan sense of humor a few times throughout the story. Chapter 15 shows it's a trait that Vivienne's mother Susan also possesses, when the latter is observing a news feed. Even Ichi/Eldest Brother and Ni/Elder Brother get in on this trope at the early onset of their Villainous Breakdown in Chapter 17.
  • Death by Childbirth: The mother of two Zmeyevich dies in childbirth, and it's strongly hinted that the same will happen to Nadezhda once her child is born.
  • Death by Irony: Besides the Karmic Deaths (see below), the fic lampshades that both Serizawa and Vivienne's respective deaths during King of the Monsters were this. Vivienne was killed by the very Titan whose containment she was in charge of before it broke free, while Serizawa was born at Hiroshima before the bomb dropped and he ultimately died in the blast of a nuclear bomb.
  • Death Glare:
    • San and Vivienne both hand out a few of these at times throughout the fic. Examples include their Meaningful Look at Rodan in Chapter 17, and a hateful glare at the Mook Lieutenant who ends up pushing both of them to a Rage Breaking Point in Chapter 4.
    • Susan Graham has one during their first encounter with Monster X in Chapter 12.
    • Like in King of the Monsters, Godzilla has this look for his Arch-Enemy Ghidorah's partly resurrected form.
  • Death Wail: Vivienne's Howl of Sorrow in Chapter 4 could be considered as overlapping with this, considering that she's a human-turned-Titan who at this point can still physically vocalize human languages. One of Jonah's Mook Lieutenants who heard the noise mentions their mother made a similar sound upon their sister's death.
  • Decomposite Character: In Chapter 17, Keizer Ghidorah is a separate creature from Monster X instead of being Monster X's One-Winged Angel.
  • Defiant to the End:
    • It's revealed in Chapter 13 that Thor's son died standing and fighting throughout his brutal demise.
    • In Chapter 17, a couple examples occur: Thor, infected by the Many, uses Heroic Willpower to pull a Taking You with Me against Keizer Ghidorah
    • Ichi/Eldest Brother's decapitated head attempts to act this way during his final minutes when he's at his enemy's mercy, but after Monster X gives him a little Break Them by Talking, he dies in a Villainous Breakdown.
  • Demoted to Extra:
    • Godzilla, the main character of the franchise, is in this fic a secondary character (though still the Big Good) due to San and Vivienne being this story's main protagonists.
    • Madison and Mark Russell, both of whom are major characters featured in King of the Monsters, are relegated to more minor roles with fewer appearances between scenes.
    • Lieutenant Ford Brody and his family, the 2014 film's protagonist and major plot-driving force respectively, have appeared in no more than a few chapters in a minor role.
  • Derelict Graveyard: A fresh one consisting of downed snowmobiles and helicopters has formed outside the abandoned Monarch outpost in Chapter 7.
  • Destructive Saviour: True to Godzilla form, Godzilla and Mothra end up being this when they utilize their symbiosis — they save the world from Ghidorah again, but they end up glassing an (uninhabited) city and rendering the area too irradiated for human re-habitation. This trope is notably averted by Monster X, which goes more out of its way than other Tians do to try keeping Titan battles from spilling into human-populated areas.
  • Didn't Think This Through: After Sam Coleman makes Vivienne aware that her mother is with him at Castle Bravo, they end up promptly bringing Susan to the control room to see Monster X — as lampshaded by Ling and by Vivienne herself, deciding to make Susan aware of her daughter's fate on pure impulse like this without thinking through how to ease her into the revelation was a bad idea.
  • Dirty Coward: Jonah is viewed as such by Vivienne and San, for being unwilling to risk his own life but being fine with sacrificing others against their will. There's also Guard B-04, who amounts to a vicious little bully picking on something that's in no position to effectively fight back.
  • Disappeared Dad: Vivienne's biological father who died before her birth (a detail from her canonical backstory in King of the Monsters supplementary material) is sometimes Played for Drama. It's also revealed that Godzilla never knew his father but has a suspicion that it was a particular Titanus Gojira he encountered.
  • Disposable Vagrant: Alan Jonah's militia utilize refugees who were displaced by Moscow's destruction as manual labor. Not only does Jonah threaten to shoot any one of them who shows signs of compromising his hiding paramilitary's security, he also uses them as guinea-pigs for Playing with Syringes.
  • Distant Prologue: The very first scene in the first chapter is set just after San's decapitation during the events of King of the Monsters. The fic subsequently skips to sometime after Jonah's purchase of San's head depicted in the post-credits scene of the film.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?:
    • Some of San's personality traits and tendencies are reminiscent of the long-term effects of suffering child abuse.
    • The course of Jonah's efforts to psychologically break down Monster X are disturbingly similar to brainwashing and mental defense-breaking tactics historically described in real-life.
    • Ghidorah psychically stalking Monster X in episodes and causing them distress by doing so seems not unlike an obsessive stalker's behaviour and impact.
    • Vivienne's human friends' observations about the Shell-Shocked Veteran change in her character after her resurrection call to mind a soldier returning home from war to their loved ones for the first time. Even Vivienne's Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated since Ghidorah ate her seems vaguely similar to a soldier who was reported KIA to their family subsequently turning out to be alive and coming home.
    • The Many strongly and disturbingly call to mind a cult in their behavior, coupled with their Hive Mind and The Assimilator physiology.
    • Ghidorah's endgame for Monster X is to ultimately assimilate Vivienne and make her Shi (a fourth head on Ghidorah). Becoming forcibly chained to a vicious abuser and unable to leave their side (literally in this case) for the rest of one's foreseeable life — And Now You Must Marry Me anyone?
    • In Chapter 16, Ichi, Ni and San-2 intending to "have their turns with [Vivienne]" on top of their intentions to use her as a monster Baby Factory makes the trio sound like a gang of rapists. The subterranean (basement-like) environment closed off from the world doesn't lessen the effect one bit.
    • And for an extra bit of Squick, Ghidorah's heads considering Vivienne their "child" and "sister" in one works two more ways — it makes Monster X sound like both the victim of domestic sexual abuse and the product of it.
  • Dramatic Shattering: In Chapter 17, Mothra's alpha call does this to Outpost 61a's display windows.
  • Driven to Suicide: This begins happening to several residents in Jonah's paramilitary's base such as Kauffman and eventually Sergeant Travis, implied to be due to exposure to the decapitated Ghidorah head even after Monster X's birth.
  • Dynamic Entry: A couple occur over the story.
    • In Chapter 15, MaNi/Elder Brother deliberately pulls one of these on Monster X whilst Godzilla has been diverted, catching Viv and San off-guard.
    • Then in Chapter 17, Godzilla's appearance is directly preceded by his Atomic Breath blowing up the underground tunnels Ghidorah is hiding inside.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Downplayed. After the utter Trauma Conga Line that Viv and San have had throughout the story, Ghidorah is killed again and the worst of the Sibling Team's trauma is over; but they still lament that in their final form, they can never really physically touch again.
  • Easily Forgiven:
    • Outright averted with San once Monarch and the Russells become aware of him: none of them have forgotten Ghidorah's evil actions during King of the Monsters (in fact, the Russells hold some Misplaced Retribution feelings toward him), and it takes time before they start lowering their reservations.
    • Not to his face, but Lauren Griffin doesn't seem to hold any dislike or ill will towards Rodan over the destruction he caused at Isla de Mara nor his massacre of the Gold Squadron before he'd even fallen under Ghidorah's control.
    • By the time of the Final Battle, Dr. Stanton seems to be on good terms with Tejada despite her past participation in Jonah's literal massacres of Stanton's Monarch colleagues.
  • Eat the Bomb: This occurs a couple times.
    • The Many trying to subdue Rodan by shutting their jaws around his head backfires explosively in Chapter 13.
    • In Chapter 17, Godzilla, working together with the military, pulls Feed It a Bomb on Keizer Ghidorah's middle head.
  • Elaborate Underground Base: More second-hand and run down than most examples, but the abandoned Monarch outpost which Jonah and his paramilitary take up residence in counts as this.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Ghidorah was already a somewhat tame example in King of the Monsters, but its capabilities in this story make it quite a bit more Lovecraftian. And then there's the Many that come from it...
  • EMP: The MUTO Queen can do this, like the male MUTO in Godzilla (2014). The Many can apparently also use this to shut down technology.
  • The End... Or Is It?: Ghidorah is killed again, and unlike the last time there's apparently nothing left of it to regenerate, whilst the Many have implicitly become inactive and are likely being exterminated in their sleep. But the Zmeyevich are still out there and it's heavily implied Ghidorah can still come Back from the Dead again through them, plus a certain Evil, Inc.note  have gotten their hands on two of these creatures.
  • Enemy Rising Behind: The Many slither up behind the father Nika in this fashion in Chapter 17.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Indirectly. Vivienne and Madison have both respectively taken Emma's betrayal to heart since the movie's events.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
  • Evil, Inc.: Pharmaceutical companies and corporations including Bio-Major are apparently scrambling over each-other and willing to hire mercenaries to obtain Titan DNA samples (including the Ghidorah samples Jonah has obtained) for lucrative purposes. Apex Cybernetics make a Continuity Cameo in the final chapter.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: Jonah evidently hasn’t taken anything away from what happened when he and Emma thought they could make Ghidorah do what they wanted it to, based on his trafficking of the decapitated head’s DNA and Playing with Syringes.
  • Evil Makes You Ugly: Ghidorah is considered to be a case of Beauty Is Bad, but the Many being utilized by MaNi/Elder Brother and the partly-regenerated Ghidorah in their own bodies (something which San and Mothra respectively consider a new low even for Ghidorah) results in both those creatures' bodies substituting a full-fledged Ghidorah's beauty for straight-up Body Horror.
  • Evil Sounds Raspy: Both Ghidorah's right head and MaNi/Elder Brother, having the same voice, sound like this according to the author's Comic-Book Fantasy Casting.
  • Exposition Beam: San and Vivienne view each-other's memories in Chapter 5. San (and the reader) get a look at some of Vivienne's memories of Serizawa, including how the two met, and another encounter with Serizawa that was mentioned in the Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) novelization; and Vivienne and the reader get a look at one of San's memories of Ghidorah's past encounter with ancient Bone Singers.
  • Eye Awaken:
    • San has a couple of this trope: first when he and Vivienne are first reborn as Two Beings, One Body, making one of Jonah's men jump; then in Chapter 16, his ripped-off head has one when jolted back to consciousness by Vivienne.
    • In Chapter 17, Monster X has one when reborn in their final form.
  • Eye Scream:
    • Vivienne is shot in the eye by Jonah's Mook Lieutenant in Chapter 4, and though her and San's Healing Factor repairs the damage, she still has some subconscious baleful memory of the event in later chapters.
    • MaNi/Elder Brother loses an eye to Monster X in Chapter 16, though it scarcely disorients him, and later both his eyes are gouged out.
    • In Chapter 17, Mothra takes out one of Ichi/Eldest Brother's eyes.
  • Facepalm: Vivienne pinches the bridge of her nose in Chapter 9 when Mothra snaps her out of her immediate thoughts about Ghidorah, and Mark Russell in Chapter 10 buries his face in his hands when he learns journalists saw Monster X fighting Rodan.
  • Facial Horror: In the Artificial Hybrid's first form, Vivienne's face is skull-like and has ingrown fangs breaking through the flesh on either side of her mouth. Some of the Artificial Zombies are revealed to have even more painful-looking cases of this trope among their Body Horror, in Chapter 11.
  • Famed in Story: All the Titans could individually be considered this, and Monster X is no exception, attracting a lot of curiosity and attention from the world due to its resemblance to Ghidorah. Vivienne was already Famed in Story when she was human, as is the late Serizawa, as two of Monarch's key figureheads.
  • Fatal Flaw: For Jonah, it's Pride: he thinks himself a smarter and stronger person than he really is, and it's this that screws him over — to say nothing of how he repeats Evil Is Not a Toy when it comes to Ghidorah. With Ghidorah and MaNi, just like in King of the Monsters it's their excessive viciousness which ultimately leads them to their dooms during the Final Battle. Downplayed with Mark Russell, who despite having gotten over some of his issues since the film still displays a bit of a problem of avoiding confronting his problems directly.
  • Fate Worse than Death:
    • Vivienne thinks that Ghidorah transforming her into Monster X due to Ichi/Eldest Brother's desire to torment her further beyond merely killing her was crueller than just killing her outright.
    • The victims of the Many definitely qualify for this trope. Stuck in an unnatural state of undeath, their minds turned to hungry, Ax-Crazy mush, never mind the stomach-churning Body Horror of the victims' bodies getting fused and melded together and digested.
  • A Father to His Men: Lieutenant Commander Pasternak seems to be one, based on his interactions with Krupin and his prioritization of reuniting him with the team after Krupin falls through a collapsed floor, in Chapter 7. The captain of the Beta-3 "Salamanders" assault team is a female variation, telling Tejada to shut up for suggesting abandoning one of "[her] boys", in Chapter 11.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Alan Jonah pulls this off with hints of Deadpan Snarker — his first meeting with Vivienne after her and San's rebirth in Chapter 2 is a pretty good example. Ichi/Eldest Brother has also started exhibiting this mannerism, first seen notably when he psychically contacts Monster X in Chapter 14.
  • Femme Fatale: Maia Simmons, as lampshaded by Griffin – she knows how to subtly use her good looks in face-to-face interactions to get what she wants for her company.
  • Final Battle: This occurs over the lengthy course of Chapter 17, and frankly it is epic, featuring no less than eight Titans and two human military forces battling Keizer Ghidorah (and MaNi). The author herself described Chapter 17 as being like its own miniature kaiju movie.
  • Fingore: The ancient Bone Singer in San's memories in Chapter 5 has fingers frostbitten from exposure.
  • Fire Keeps It Dead: A rather accidental case, but the Room Full of Crazy scratchings confirm that Viv and San's lightning attack reducing several of Jonah's men to ashes made the Many unable to reanimate and assimilate them.
  • Flat "What":
    • This is Stage One of Vivienne's reaction in Chapter 4 when Mariko delivers the first clear hint that Serizawa is dead.
    • In Chapter 11, Tejada delivers a Flat What over comms when informed that Ghidorah's severed head has disappeared.
  • Flipping the Bird:
    • Vivienne does this every once in a while, mainly as friendly banter, and San observing and misinterpreting it has led to a Running Gag.
    • Mark at one point does it himself when Brooks jokingly chides him for still believing the pack-alpha theory about wolf behavior.
  • For the Evulz:
    • There's the Many leaving a security headcam message for the torch-and-bury op to find in Chapter 11. They seemingly had no reason to do that except to screw with them.
    • Discussed in Chapter 17. Barnes observes that Jonah and his paramilitary had nothing to really gain towards their cause by Playing with Syringes on San's original head and speculates they pretty much did it just because they could. Of course, Barnes doesn't know about Jonah's Love Makes You Evil motivation for his cruel experiments.
  • For Want of a Nail: A few by the story's end in relation to post-King of the Monsters MonsterVerse instalments:
    • Dr. Brooks talks Mark out of enrolling Madison in a public school due to serious concerns about her safety, and it's hinted Madison and Mark here will have a better relationship than in Godzilla vs. Kong due to further advice from Brooks about listening to Madison coupled with Mark's preceding Character Development in the story.
    • Due to his Adaptational Heroism personality, Ren is conducting corporate espionage on Monarch's behalf instead of being a willing part of Apex Cybernetics' agenda.
    • Due to San's old head continuing to regenerate instead of becoming an Undead Abomination skull, Apex Cybernetics have two Zmeyevich instead of a Ghidorah skull in their custody.
  • Four Is Death: It's revealed in Chapter 13 that Ghidorah's Evil Plan for Monster X is to forcibly assimilate Vivienne as its fourth head ("dreaded number four"). Made all the more fitting by the fact Ghidorah's heads all have Japanese numerals as their In-Series Nicknames.
  • Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse:
    • Vivienne thinks as much about Jonah's tragic backstory in Chapter 6, noting it doesn't justify forcing millions of other families to experience the same tragedy.
    • During the Chapter 12 Kirk Summation, Madison calls out the sheer hypocrisy of her late mother trying to make Andrew's death "matter" by forcing millions of other families to lose their children and loved ones the same way.
  • Furry Reminder: Though all the Titans are intelligent and are capable of communicating with each other, their body language and some of their non-human social cues make it clear that they aren't humans.
  • Fusion Dance:
    • The Many perform a lot of this with their biomasses in the style of The Thing.
    • Monster X is Two Beings, One Body, but when it transforms into its single-headed final form, Viv and San experience a Mental Fusion.
  • Futuristic Pyramid: Madison mentions that Apex Cybernetics are building one in Hong Kong.
  • Genius Bruiser: The Titans don't just use rhymeless Attack! Attack! Attack! when combatting each other, there's a distinct tactical thinking in their actions and timings. The same goes for Ghidorah and the Many's respective fights against the heroic Titans.
  • Ghost City: In Chapter 16, Berezniki is rapidly turning into this while sinking into the earth due to the Many's and Ghidorah's activities, and the same is happening to other towns in the region. When Monarch arrive on the scene, there is absolutely no-one left in the town for them to evacuate.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Monster X's eyes along with its Volcanic Veins when Vivienne is extremely enraged or agitated, and the humanoid forms of the Many have eyeshine in the dark.
  • Gone Horribly Right:
    • Trying to provoke Monster X in Chapter 4 worked far too well, leading to the brutal deaths of at least three of Jonah’s mercenaries.
    • According to the author, the alien civilization who created Ghidorah made it for no other purpose than to inflict destruction. It worked too well, and ever since Ghidorah Turned Against Their Masters, it's been repeatedly destroying in a vicious cycle wherever it finds life in the universe.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: Jonah's experiments with Ghidorah's DNA attempting to find a way to resurrect the dead like Vivienne's revival, only enable the disembodied monster to take root and turn him and many others into Artificial Zombies serving no other purpose than being Ghidorah's puppets.
  • Good Colors, Evil Colors:
    • The most obvious case is Ghidorah and the Many having jaundiced-gold scales or flesh, which contrasts with Monster X's post-Chapter 7 form having silver traces in its semi-exoskeletal armor, in addition to a Bright Is Not Good / Dark Is Not Evil contrast.
    • It's also worth noting Red Is Heroic with Thor, Rodan, and Monster X's red lightning, in contrast to Ghidorah's yellow lightning.
  • Good Counterpart: Monster X overall is one to Ghidorah. Vivienne has an Evil Counterpart in Ichi/Eldest Brother, who is essentially what Vivienne could've become if she became hateful due to her traumas and abused San instead of forming a caring bond with him; and San gains an Evil Counterpart in the autonomous "shed skin" of Ni/Elder Brother, who remains loyal to Ghidorah and lusts to see Monster X's capacity for violence instead of loving Vivienne as a sister.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Rodan and Scylla. Not unlike their reputations in MonsterVerse canon, neither of them display particularly compassionate or sensitive personalities, but they're still firmly on Godzilla's side.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Godzilla is benevolent, but he will not hesitate to fight when it's necessary. Among the Titans allied with Godzilla, Scylla has no hesitations about trying to pragmatically put down a fellow Titan who's been infected by the Many but hasn't yet turned.
  • Good Lips, Evil Jaws:
  • Gory Discretion Shot: A few deaths and injuries along these lines happen during the military missions into the abandoned outpost described in transcript.
  • Great Offscreen War: It's not mentioned with overt frequency, but there are references to Ghidorah killing other members of both Thor and Godzilla's respective species (the former because they refused to submit to Ghidorah's dominance).
  • Grim Up North: Ghidorah and the Many are mainly operating within the frigid reaches of the Ural Mountains in Russia, whilst every other region Monster X has so far visited since escaping its imprisonment has been located south of there and within a warmer climate.
  • Ground Punch / Shockwave Stomp: The MUTO Queen activates EMP blasts this way, the same as the male MUTO in Godzilla (2014).
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Vivienne at one point rips at least two of Jonah's men in half — and she does it pretty much by accident!
  • Happily Adopted: The infant Manda whose parents died centuries ago imprints on Vivienne as his mother and San as his uncle, whilst receiving co-parenting from a couple other Titans. San, who has never had a parental figure before, is accepted by Susan Graham as an adoptive son.
  • Hate Sink:
    • If Jonah doesn't achieve this by having Monster X cruelly experimented on and attempting to brainwash it, then he achieves it by having his Disposable Vagrants (which include families with children) experimented on and turned into Artificial Zombies. Guard B-04 also achieves this in just a few scenes, making his death very satisfying.
    • And Ghidorah also delves straight into this trope's territory with its vicious and relentless psychological torment of Viv and San, with MaNi/Elder Brother arguably superceding every other character in this department.
  • Headbutt of Love:
    • Viv and San have one when San is comforting Vivienne in Chapter 11.
    • In Chapter 17, Manda gives Monster X's new single head one.
    • Mothra shares one with Godzilla in a temporary farewell in Chapter 9, and in Chapter 17 she gives Monster X such a headbutt whilst comforting them.
  • Healing Factor:
    • Monster X possesses this like Ghidorah, though there's an important difference when it comes to restoring/repairing severed limbs or severed heads.
    • The Many also possess a rapid Healing Factor inherited from Ghidorah.
    • As for Ghidorah itself, it's confirmed in the story that while it takes time, Ghidorah can eventually regenerate just from San's old head.
  • Heel–Face Turn:
    • San, the curiosity-driven former left head of Ghidorah, is pretty much Heroic Neutral after bonding to Vivienne, being primarily concerned with defending and rearing his new sister. Devoid of his brothers' abuse which kept him in line and under his non-abusive new sister's influence, San experiences Character Development, and by the time Monster X have begun interacting with the other Titans, San is now The Atoner.
    • It's a bit hazy with Tejada and Mariko. Tejada is one of Jonah's mercs whilst Mariko is the woman who helped Behemoth escape and got her own co-workers killed in the process; but after they pull their Screw This, I'm Outta Here! on Jonah, they end up defending surviving Disposable Vagrants from Artificial Zombies, and they both cooperate with Monarch quite copasetically after being apprehended.
  • Heel Realization:
    • San has a particularly brutal one in Chapter 5, when he's viewing Vivienne's memories and has a painful epiphany about just how what he and his brothers did to her has caused her so much misery and why she's been so wary of him.
    • Word of God confirms that San-2/Youngest Brother had his own Heel Realization during the events in Chapter 17, which in his case was likewise partly triggered by viewing another's memories of their lost loved one/s.
  • "Hell, Yes!" Moment: Monarch have a couple moments in Chapter 17, when things in the battle look like they're going in the benevolent Titans' favour.
  • Heroic Build: From the the author's artwork, both Thor and Monster X have this kind of build in their torsos and limbs.
  • Heroic Neutral:
    • Viv and San are at first somewhat this for the first arc of the story, in that their main objective is gaining their freedom, although they've become Neutral No Longer since.
    • Ren Serizawa meanwhile is described as this by the author.
  • Heroic Sacrifice:
    • It gets lampshaded in Chapter 5 that Vivienne essentially gave her life saving Mark's when she stayed behind in the Osprey to save him just before Ghidorah ate her.
    • A couple occur in Chapter 17. Thor gets partly assimilated into Keizer Ghidorah and pulls a Taking You with Me, and San-2/Youngest Brother turns on his evil brothers; their respective efforts help the heroes to kill Ghidorah and them along with it.
  • Hero of Another Story: Mariko and Tejada slightly, after they pull a Screw This, I'm Outta Here!. The next time that we see them, they've been holed up with other survivors against the Artificial Zombies and staving the creatures off for some time.
  • Hidden Agenda Villain: It's unclear in this continuity what Apex Cybernetics' end-goals are – they appear to have some more respect for the Titans as the Earth's dominant life-forms than they did in the movie (either that or Maia's a good actor), and Maia expresses an interest in empowering the human race to be closer to the Titans' level of power, whilst her corporation is secretly coveting Titan-related resources.
  • Hidden Depths:
  • His Name Really Is "Barkeep": In MonsterVerse canon, each of the Titans' respective names are names which humans have given to refer to the animalistic borderline Eldritch Abominations. In this fic, it's shown that the Titans themselves are referred to by other Titans in Kaiju Talk with these names — it's explicitly shown early on that Ghidorah is the name by which the alien destroyer's three heads identify themselves to others. Considering the introduction of Bone Singers who can communicate with Titans and who were once prevalent in ancient times, it might be justified in that Bone Singers originally picked up and recorded the Titans' names from the Titans.
  • Hit-and-Run Tactics: Scylla, Mothra and the military air support all use this against Keizer Ghidorah at the Final Battle, and Monster X uses a bit of it against MaNi/Elder Brother.
  • Hive Mind: The Many are apparently connected this way, with Ghidorah acting as the Hive Queen.
  • Horrifying the Horror:
  • Hot-Blooded: Rodan's personality is that of a hothead. The King of the Monsters director once described Ghidorah's right head in the film as being Ax-Crazy and always eager to get into a fight, and MaNi/Elder Brother takes that to the extreme.
  • Howl of Sorrow: There are a couple from Monster X.
    • Vivienne lets out a particularly painful one when she learns of Serizawa's death in Chapter 4.
    • Monster X lets out a deranged sound between cackling and wailing, the latter part fueled by the Heroic Sacrifices and losses incurred, in Chapter 17.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Played With by Godzilla and Mothra (who are depicted with an emotional bond with some subtextual Ship Tease), and by Monster X (Viv and San are a non-romantic but very life-partner example of the trope, if we consider their original respective forms before Monster X's formation).
  • Humanity Is Infectious: Vivienne says this almost word-for-word in Chapter 9 when discussing San's Heel–Face Turn. With San's brothers it's very much downplayed, as they pick up nothing more than sarcasm and He-Man Woman Hater talk respectively.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Monster X in its first form and final form is a Monstrous Humanoid, and what makes it overlap with this trope is that half of Monster X is San (a former head of Ghidorah). The Zmeyevich once they're born have a Ghidorah-evocative Monstrous Humanoid appearance, and it's hinted they have some eldritch nature themselves.
  • Humans Are Flawed: Discussed by Dr. Chen in Chapter 12. Indeed, after the Mass Awakening, the majority of the public have grown accepting of the Titans' power and natural authority and their ecological importance, though there's still a minority that advocates attempting to kill Titans such as the Ghidorah-like Monster X out of paranoia. Vivienne and human characters also deride the sheer reckless hubris of the military who deployed the Oxygen Destroyer, and the corporations who are utilizing Titan DNA.
  • Humans Are Morons: Not all of us but definitely a portion of us. In Chapter 11, Martin lampshades the stupidity that some people are calling for Monarch to try killing Monster X off while ignoring what happened when the military last tried that on Ghidorah with the Oxygen Destroyer. It's also worth noting, the public is at first particularly wary of Monster X due to its resemblance to Ghidorah despite its reported positive interactions with Godzilla and Mothra of all Titans.
  • Hypocrite:
    • San and Vivienne consider Jonah one, calling him out on how he'll gladly sacrifice others for his goals but is not so willing to put his own life at risk.
    • In Chapter 14, San scornfully calls out Ghidorah for creating and manipulating the Many, declaring it's being just like the aliens who turned San and his brothers into Ghidorah and is debasing itself.
    • Maia mentions that her father Walter Simmons has a habit of saying he's open-minded, and failing to prove it when faced with criticism.

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  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Each chapter title is a rune from the Elder Futhark.
  • Ignored Epiphany: Jonah has evidently responded this way to the events of King of the Monsters which saw a beneficial human-Titan coexistence successfully come about, based on his Restart the World speech to Vivienne whilst he's Not Himself in Chapter 6. MaNi/Elder Brother pauses for a fleeting moment when Vivienne says a particular word in a particular context to him, evidently remembering the confused Tortured Monster that he once was, before he brushes it off and resumes gleefuly tormenting her; in Chapter 16.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: San very much has a case of this, having never gotten anything but abuse and the scarcest shred of respect from his brothers throughout Ghidorah's eons-long life, leading to him seeking affection from his new sister Vivienne which he never got from Ichi and Ni. It also applies to San's Alternate Self, who never underwent post-fusion-to-Vivienne Character Development.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Monster X gets impaled through the abdomen by the Many with a bladed tail during the Yonaguni battle, in Chapter 13. In Chapter 17, Monster X does this to MaNi/Elder Brother using a church steeple as Stage 1 of his Rasputinian Death.
  • Implacable Man:
    • The Skullcrawlers in Chapter 11 are unfazed in their efforts to get through an opening even when they get lit up by grenades. And the scariest thing is, it's implied they're driven by fear.
    • The Many. They can be slowed down, but they scarcely seem to feel anything you throw at them and will keep going until they've fulfilled their Hive Queen's wishes.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Both Mothra and Monster X display this with their Projectile Webbing and Destroyed Thunder respectively; hitting their targets or targets' body parts on-the-mark from a proportionately significant distance away.
  • In Love with Your Carnage: Calling it love would be a gross misuse of the word, but Ichi/Eldest Brother and Ni/MaNi are very much enticed and borderline aroused by Monster X's capacity for Ghidorah-like ultra-violence, and worse yet, they intend to forcibly make Vivienne a monster Baby Factory and break her down until she becomes just as Ax-Crazy as them.
  • In-Series Nickname:
    • In canon, Ghidorah's heads were named Ichi, Ni and San by the production crew and were never called such In-Universe. In this fic, it's revealed in Chapter 2 that Vivienne gave the heads those names while she was monitoring Outpost 32. Only San answers to his nickname, while Ichi and Ni are primarily referred to as Eldest Brother and Elder Brother respectively. San-2/Youngest Brother is eventually referred to as San-Who-Could-Have-Been In-Universe.
    • San and Vivienne collectively and individually have a couple other nicknames in the story. Subject G, Eddie the Head, Dinosaur Lady, etc..
  • In Spite of a Nail: Despite the events of this story and the Alternate Universe Fic points, some things at the end remain the same as they are in MonsterVerse instalments set after King of the Monsters:
    • Despite the Titans from the Mass Awakening remaining awake in this continuity, it's hinted Camazotz will still invade Skull Island as he did in Kingdom Kong.
    • Mark and Madison still move to Pensacola (albeit a year or three earlier than when the Godzilla vs. Kong novelization states they did), and Mark still rejoins Monarch eventually.
    • Ren Serizawa still takes a high-ranking job at Apex Cybernetics, albeit for very different reasons than in MonsterVerse canon.
    • Apex Cybernetics still obtain a remnant of Ghidorah via a black market dealing (though not a piece of the three-headed creature itself this time), and they obtain it just over a year after the events of King of the Monstersnote .
  • Instant Expert:
    • Viv and San's Twin Telepathy enables them to pick up the other's native languages respectively. Meanwhile,
    • Ghidorah uses the Many's Hive Mind to read the assimilated victims' knowledge of humanity's ways and literature.
  • Internet Jerk: Amongst the Monster X news forums, HumanityHellYeah is a mild one by this trope's usual standards; trolling about Monster X being an "Uncanny Valley Alien Lizard Person Freak" and calling Monarch "egghead retards".
  • Interspecies Friendship: Chapter 17 shows that the Titanus þunraz and T. Methuselah species were on good times when there was more than one of them around, and it's hinted that Thor's son when young struck up a friendship with a Titanus Methuselah calf.
  • Ironic Echo:
    • In Chapter 5, an Ax-Crazy Jonah at one point derides Vivienne as "a little bitch" while she's being tortured with napalm. In Chapter 13, she throws the same phrase right back at him while trying to irk the Many he's connected to.
    • It's revealed in Chapter 15 that Vivienne's words to Mariko earlier in the story ("Don't make a promise if you don't know you can keep it") are what Vivienne's mother said to her almost word-for-word before the events in Antarctica.
  • Iron Lady: Maia Simmons is reimagined for this story as an affable, charismatic, intelligent and to-the-point Corrupt Corporate Executive.
  • It's All About Me:
    • Jonah is unwilling to risk his own life but will sacrifice others for the "greater good", including someone who was like a son to him. It also turns out he experimented with Ghidorah's DNA and forcibly tested it on unwilling Disposable Vagrants all to bring back a dead loved one.
    • Mariko calls Mark Russell out on how he, tragic though the death of his son may be, chronically acts as if he's the only one in the world who's hurting even though he lives in a world where thousands of families have gone through the same loss as him, as described under "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
  • Jawbreaker: There are a good few examples over the story when it comes to Ghidorah and its relatives including Monster X, probably partly helped by the fact their Healing Factor makes this kind of damage only temporary. Two major examples occur in Chapter 17, with Ni/Elder Brother ripping his jawbone in half escaping Methuselah's horn, and his shed skin MaNi getting his upper-skull separated from the rest of him.
  • Jerkass:
    • Guard B-04 is an immature, cowardly shit who relentlessly bullies Vivienne in her and San's helpless state. In one of the internet users commenting on Monster X news, username HumanityHellYeah, we have your standard Internet Jerk with a bit of pre-Mass Awakening kill-the-Titans sentiment.
    • Although he doesn't make a physical appearance, what little Maia says about Walter Simmons doesn't paint a picture of an Adaptational Nice Guy. He'll swing from saying he's open-minded into Can't Take Criticism when you give him critique, and he's overall implied to be an egotistical Psychopathic Manchild not unlike his canon counterpart.
    • Rodan is highly snarky and condescending and a bit too ready for a fight, but overall he's a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • Jonah in Chapter 3 snarkily asks Mariko if she's proud of getting her friends killed when she released Behemoth in an act of Well-Intentioned Extremism. It becomes clearer when Vivienne chews her out for it that Mariko isn't devoid of guilt for her actions.
    • Discussed in Chapter 11 when an internet commenter on the Monster X news suggests that perhaps HumanityHellYeah has a point that people should be wary about the Titan's uncanny resemblance to Ghidorah.
  • Jurisdiction Friction: Downplayed in Chapter 7 with the joint operation between the G-Team and the Russian Team Mauzer. Colonel Foster decides to ensure no biological samples make their way to anyone but Monarch regardless of Team Mauzer's orders.
  • Just Think of the Potential!: It turns out that mercenary groups, foreign governments and corporations are secretly invested in the Titan DNA market and have been secretly buying from Jonah's paramilitary. Monarch actively try to warn the world against messing around with Titans' (especially Ghidorah's) DNA, using the Many as an example of the consequences.
  • Karma Houdini: Downplayed with Bio-Major. They're openly accused by Monarch of illegal activity which they are in fact guilty of, but we don't see if anything further came of this, and at the story's end they're seemingly still in business whilst illegally trafficking two recently-orphaned Half-Human Hybrids to Apex Cybernetics.
  • Karmic Death:
    • Guard B-04 and later Jonah are killed by Monster X, the two-headed Titan that they both respectively tormented in some deliberate way.
    • Also, Ghidorah wiping out its own creators just as they made Ghidorah purely to be a Person of Mass Destruction can be seen as this, with Word of God indicating that said aliens were nasty little pieces of work and the universe could've been better off with them gone.
    • MaNi/Elder Brother not only gets a Rasputinian Death from the same two-headed Titan whom he inflicted nightmarish Cold-Blooded Torture on and whose male half he attempted to fratricide — he also gets a Villainous Breakdown in his dying moments (fitting how he tried to psychologically destroy Vivienne), he gets turned into food by Monster X's Vampiric Draining (just like how MaNi tried to eat San's head alive), and his severed head is forced to watch his own death (just like he forced Vivienne to watch him almost kill San).
    • Ghidorah is ultimately killed again by a combination of the two-headed Titan it's caused so, so much pain to, and nearly every other living Titan that it's wronged or dominated; including its own regenerated left head who's pulling a Redemption Equals Death against his brothers. Not to mention, Ghidorah's demise isn't a quick one at all.
  • Kids Are Cruel: Discussed by Dr. Brooks, who points out that Madison will be severely pariahed, and possibly even the target of a stabbing or shooting, if she were enrolled in a public school and her classmates found out that she's the daughter of the woman who caused millions of deaths on a global scale in 2019.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence:
    • One of Monarch's Ospreys gets vaporized by a Gravity Beam when its pilot is in the middle of speaking.
    • This trope is just barely subverted earlier, when MaNi/Elder Brother attempts to eat San's ripped-off head alive in Chapter 16.
  • Kirk Summation: Madison explains to Mariko in non-minced terms why her own dead mother sucked in Chapter 12 when Mariko hits Madison's Berserk Button. Mark likewise somberly chips in, and Ilene adds a Humans Are Flawed speech.
    Madison Russell: This might come as a shock to you, President of the Emma Russell Fanclub, but while she had a point about the Titans and their beneficial presence to the world, SHE WOULDN’T GIVE A SHIT ABOUT YOU! Everyone in this room – people who thought she was their friend, the best of us – she would have let us all die in a fire if it meant seeing her plans through! She didn’t agonize over the people of Isla de Mara! Do you know… [laughs] Do you know, I heard Jonah order one of his men to, and I quote, "slit my throat" if I pulled anything… and she just stood there doing nothing.
    Mariko: […] I read the reports from Boston. She sacrificed her life, didn’t she?
    Madison Russell: So we're just going to ignore the hypocrisy in trying to avenge one dead child by causing God knows how many kids to die in the process?
    Mark Russell: […] Maybe she had good intentions for the world, but it didn't apply to the people living in it.
    Ilene Chen: "We were born of risen apes, not fallen angels." Emma's problem was she focused too much on the dark side of mankind. We have wars and pollution, poverty and disease, yes. But that doesn't invalidate all the good mankind has accomplished. We as a species have cared for one another since the beginning when we were learning how to build spears or weave baskets. Even in darkness, beauty thrives.
  • Landmark of Lore: It turns out the Yonaguni Monument and the island itself are all that remains of a vast and ancient seafaring city called Mu which was guarded by Manda's father, with the last known egg of the city's protector hidden inside the monument.
  • Land, Sea, Sky: Thor is a land-bound Titan, Godzilla is aquatic, Rodan is a flyer, and Monster X starts out land-bound before becoming a flyer.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Besides the Karmic Deaths, there's several instances of the antagonists who abused others getting the tables turned on them before the end. There's Jonah getting turned into part of the Many, a fate which he previously inflicted on non-consenting human guinea-pigs, MaNi/Elder Brother receiving The Dog Bites Back from the abused "Youngest Brother" San-2, and there's Monster X giving Ichi/Eldest Brother a taste of his own Break Them by Talking medicine before it kills him.
  • Laser Sight: Castle Bravo's Maser turrets use blue-colored targeting lazers in Chapter 15.
  • Last of His Kind: Godzilla and Thor (Titanus þunraz) are the last of their respective species as far as any of the cast know. Ghidorah had a direct hand in making both of them this.
  • Late to the Tragedy: When the G-Team and Mauzer arrive at the abandoned Monarch outpost looking for survivors, there are only a handful of people left to save from the Artificial Zombies.
  • Let's Split Up, Gang!: The G-Team and Team Mauzer do this during their first joint expedition into a dark Elaborate Underground Base, with either team going a separate way to the other. Lampshaded by Tejada when she aims to defy this trope in Chapter 11.
  • Light-Flicker Teleportation: A couple variations occur over the course of the story. First, there's the headcam of one of the torch-and-bury operation catching sight of an Artificial Zombie which disappears when the camera swivels, in Chapter 7. Then in Chapter 17, Monster X pulls a lightning-flicker teleportation when stalking MaNi/Elder Brother.
  • Like a Son to Me: Serizawa was a Parental Substitute in Vivienne's eyes like in MonsterVerse canon, and it's strongly hinted in the story that he reciprocated the feelings. It's also hinted that Jonah felt the same way towards the late Asher based on his reaction to Ash's death being brought up.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Vivienne's father-daughter relationship with Serizawa is a variation. It's mentioned in Chapter 4 that Monarch operatives debated whether or not the nature of their closeness was romantic.
  • Like Mother, Like Daughter: Besides a mild Strong Family Resemblance, Vivienne and her mother both shared a sharp tongue, a fierce case of Beware the Nice Ones, and an appreciation for nature.
  • Lineage Comes from the Father: Manda's father was the Lord of Dragons and protector of Mu, while next to nothing is known about Manda's birth mother. Averted with Thor's son, as it's hinted he got most of his fighting spirit from the mother who is introduced in flashback.
  • Little "No":
    • Mariko briefly murmurs a third-type Little No when she realizes part of Monster X is Vivienne in Chapter 3.
    • Jonah gives the first type to Vivienne when refuting her warning about the decapitated Ghidorah head's Psychic Powers in Chapter 6, fuelled by arrogance and possible Sanity Slippage.
    • Vivienne herself gives a string of first-type Little No's towards Ichi/Eldest Brother when declaring they're Not So Similar in Chapter 13.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: San and Vivienne are both out of the loop at first on events that have happened since San's decapitation. Jonah's organization are also at first out of the loop on Monster Zero's alien nature and its real name.
  • Logical Weakness: There are quite a few cases.
    • Monster X has a Healing Factor, but unlike Ghidorah, it has to retrieve severed limbs or heads which will re-attach to the stumps they were cut from, and it consequently can't regrow duplicates if they're outright destroyed.
    • Word of God states that the Many must expend biomass when repairing damage to themselves, so it would be logically possible to make them use up all their health-packs by damaging them enough times if they can't assimilate new biomass.
    • Psycho Electro monster versus MUTO EMP. MUTO wins.
  • Losing Your Head:
    • After San's original head is severed from Ghidorah, it's both still alive and still retains San's mind. Somewhat downplayed in that the head is (seemingly) immobile before San's consciousness transferral to his and Vivienne's new shared body.
    • In Chapter 15, the Many pull a John Carpenter's The Thing move, shifting most of their consciousness-carrying tissue to their Mind Hive's head and tearing the head loose to escape.
    • And in Chapter 16, San's head gets ripped off of Vivienne but remains alive and animate.
    • This happens twice in Chapter 17. First to MaNi/Elder Brother (minus his lower-jaw), and then to Keizer Ghidorah's middle head. Both their heads don't live for long afterwards before they're finished off.
  • Loved I Not Honor More: Defied by the Brody family. Never being separated as a family again as they were during the 2014 Titan crisis is explicitly why Elle and Ford have both joined Monarch together.
  • Macross Missile Massacre: The military pull this in the Final Battle more than once to significant effect when acting as the Titans' assist; firing short barrages and a practical hammerdown against Keizer Ghidorah.
  • Mad Scientist: There's Jonah and his aptly-named Basement Club's Playing with Syringes on San's old head in the bowels of their base, which creates the Many. Plus Mariko is a Reluctant Mad Scientist whilst working for them and reluctantly participating in their inhumane experiments to test Monster X's Healing Factor.
  • Mad Scientist Laboratory: The basement levels of the outpost where Jonah's paramilitary took up residence are implied to be functioning as this. The rest of the outpost has turned into an Abandoned Laboratory with Artificial Zombies roaming as of Chapter 7.
  • Magic Countdown: The Final Battle begins in the late evening, and ends a few minutes before dawn breaks, all in the same chapter in what seems like a few hours at most. Possibly justified/averted, as the In-Universe date is early summer and the battle's location is far enough north of the equator that it would probably see very short nights at that time of year.
  • Mainlining the Monster: Jonah provides his investors in the Titan DNA market with samples of San's original head's biology.
  • Male Might, Female Finesse: Godzilla and Mothra get to display this dynamic in combat once again, in Chapter 17: Mothra favors Hit-and-Run Tactics whilst Godzilla is a more up-close and confrontational combatant.
  • Mama Bear:
    • Mothra is fierce when those she considers her children are threatened or harmed unjustly.
    • Vivienne is this herself when it comes to Madison, and later when it comes to Manda. Trying to harm either one of those kids is tantamount to signing your own death warrant, with Monster X as your executioner.
  • Man of Kryptonite: It turns out the MUTO Queen's EMP can temporarily cripple electrical Titans' powers.
  • Mask of Sanity: Inverted. Nadezhda notes in Chapter 11 that the Basement Club still acted somewhat normal, compared to the others who suffered Sanity Slippage from the decapitated Ghidorah head's psychic influence, but it was easy to spot that just below their surfaces something was seriously wrong in them.
  • Mass Hypnosis: Those members of Jonah's paramilitary who aren't driven to commit suicide by their induced Sanity Slippage instead seem to become set on aiding Ghidorah or the Many.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!":
    • The G-Team react this way in Chapter 7 when they realize not every piece of Ghidorah was destroyed in Boston, and it prompts Lieutenant Brody to curse, "Shit."
    • Then despite everything they've seen beforehand, they're rendered sick with horror when they first see Ghidorah's partly Many-constructed form in Chapter 17.
  • Master of Your Domain: After being Swallowed Whole by Ghidorah, Vivienne's body was deliberately regurgitated into a "womb" inside San's neck, and after San was decapitated from Ghidorah, he wilfully instigated her Metamorphosis inside his old head while also transferring his consciousness to be the newborn Monster X's second head. Mothra's metamorphosis inside her cocoon is notably slower this time around compared to in King of the Monsters, due to a lack of a necessity to speed it up until in Chapter 16.
  • Mauve Shirt: Tejada is one of Jonah's several Mook Lieutenants who gets a fair deal of characterization alongside Sergeant Travis. And she survives, unlike Travis and the other two MLs whose names are censored.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane:
    • Somewhat with Manda. It's effectively confirmed by Mothra's POV in Chapter 17 that after death, there's Cessation of Existence followed by Reincarnation, but it's suggested that Manda might in fact be Dr. Serizawa's reincarnation following his Heroic Sacrifice, though it's ultimately left deliberately ambiguous.
    • There's another one in Chapter 17: does the old galdr that Thor recites really have supernatural power that fights off the Many's influence, or does it merely fuel Thor's Heroic Willpower by its psychological relevance?
  • Meaningful Echo: A meta case occurs in Chapter 15, where Susan Graham's words wondering what the last thing they said to Vivienne before the events in Antarctica were. In a deleted scene, Vivienne wondered the exact same thing about Serizawa during her Heroic BSoD.
  • Meaningful Look: A few occur in Chapter 17. Monster X makes it clear to Rodan with nothing but a glare that they know he brought Manda with him to the battle. Both Thor and San-2/Youngest Brother at one point respectively communicate a message to Monster X with nothing but their gazes, in Chapter 17.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Vivienne's name means "alive", which is relevant to her being Only Mostly Dead and coming Back from the Dead reborn after Ghidorah ate her, and it also reflects how she's at risk of becoming dead on the inside if she and San can't heal from their traumas and they give in to madness.
    • Monster X's name is a reference to Ghidorah's Monster Zero designation, and its Protagonist Title name is a reference to the Gnostic figure and concept.
    • The Many's name refers both to their Hive Mind nature, and their genetic source, the One Who Is Many itself.
    • Meanwhile, one of Dr. Chen's Mothra-worshipping daughters is named Yong, meaning "perpetual"/"eternal" — pretty fitting considering their family's relationship with Mothra.
    • The Zmeyevich are appropriately named after the spawn of a multi-headed dragon by human women in Russian folk-tale In-Universe. In Real Life, Zmeyevich was one of the names of the malevolent dragon Tugarin, who in some versions of one of the tales about him slept with the king's wife.
  • Mega-Corp: Apex Cybernetics are a pretty well-known company who are building a Futuristic Pyramid in Hong Kong and are interested in collaborating with Monarch. They're outright called a "mega-corporation" In-Universe.
  • Merciful Minion: Defied by Jonah. He's Genre Savvy enough to give his soldiers orders that they're to immediately kill any Disposable Vagrant who show signs of pitying the Vivienne-San hybrid too much.
  • Metamorphosis: San transforming Vivienne inside his decapitated head to form Monster X, by reviving and regenerating her while deliberately feeding his own enzymes into her system. Monster X receives another, smaller-scale change which is externally instigated by Mothra in Chapter 7, fixing its initial Power Incontinence and Body Horror. Their transformation into their final form is an Emergency Transformation inflicted by the partly-resurrected Ghidorah as Pragmatic Villainy to keep Vivienne alive, which resulted in an unintentional Mental Fusion for Viv and San in addition to making them more powerful.
  • Metamorphosis Monster: Mothra, like in the movie. Monster X has so far gone through two Metamorphoses including the one which created it.
  • Militaries Are Useless: Averted by the Russian military backup during the Final Battle, who know when and how to lend the benevolent Titans a hand in the battle and when to step back. It seems either Russia is cool, or humanity's militaries really have learned a lesson from the events in King of the Monsters.
  • Mind Hive: Ghidorah and Monster X are the Multiple Head Case variety, while the Many create an extreme case when they fuse together.
  • Misplaced Retribution: Madison and Mark both feel animosity towards San, not least due to Ghidorah hunting Madison in Boston and killing Vivienne in Antarctica. In actuality, San genuinely doesn't know what his regrown Alternate Self did after Isla de Mara, and it was technically Ichi who killed Vivienne while San only did the transforming and resurrecting bits.
  • Mistaken for Quake: There are a couple times where Thor or the Many respectively moving underground through Russia or Asia causes seismic disturbances which are initially reported as sudden earthquakes, although in the post-Mass Awakening world it doesn't take people long to twig what the true cause is.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters:
    • Monster X has reptilian characteristics with some primate characteristics from Vivienne.
    • Thor is part-primate, part-caprina.
    • The Many are The Thing-type mix-and-match.
  • Monochromatic Eyes: Besides Monster X's Red Eyes, Take Warning, the Many seem to have a tendency to turn their hosts' eyes dead white.
  • Monster Delay: The Artificial Zombies when they first appear are mostly shrouded in shadow and difficult to make out, and it isn't until Chapter 11 that they're revealed in all their horrifying glory. Ghidorah, having assimilated the Many into itself to speed up its resurrection, gets the same treatment, with only its heads being seen in Chapter 16.
  • Monstrous Humanoid: Viv and San's first form, though it possesses a quadrupedal stance, still has a recognizably somewhat humanoid body structure, particularly in Vivienne's skull-like face. The Many's initial forms are Artificial Zombies, looking like jaundiced and monstrously deformed ghouls of their early victims' former selves.
  • Monumental Damage: The underwater damage done to the Yonaguni Monument by Godzilla's battle against the Many in Chapter 13 is a slightly tamer example than usual disaster movie standards considering the monument's obscurity, location and extent of the damage.
  • Mook Horror Show: Three such shows are inflicted on Jonah's goons by Monster X, inflicting Cruel and Unusual Deaths on multiple mercs including bisection, dismemberment beyond recognition and electrocution.
  • Mook Lieutenant: Jonah has several henchmen who report to him and who stand out a little. These include Sergeant Travis, Mauve Shirt Tejada, Tejada's close friend (whose name apparently consists of four characters), and another Mook Lieutenant whose hidden name consists of six characters.
  • Morality Pet: Vivienne acts as San's Morality Pet, having a positive influence on his Character Development, and it's because of her that San becomes determined to be better than Ghidorah. San admits that he feels an emotional kinship with Vivienne that he didn't get from his brothers.
  • More Deadly Than the Male: It gets mentioned in Chapter 17 that Thor's mate, when she was alive, had always been a better combatant than him and he was attracted to her by her strength of character.
  • Multiple Head Case: A trait Monster X shares in common with Ghidorah, with San and Vivienne's minds residing in either of its two heads.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: Some of the anxious public at first think Monarch should attempt killing Monster X due to its resemblance to Ghidorah, ignoring how Ghidorah proved impossible to kill with manmade means when the military previously tried such a measure.
  • My Beloved Smother:
    • Downplayed. Thor in Chapter 13 is reluctant about Monster X getting into a severe fight with a new, serious enemy and thinks they are not ready.
    • Mark Russell in Chapter 8 has shades of this towards Madison, trying to shield her from getting involved with grave news.
  • Mythology Gag: Has its own page.
  • Nature Is Not Nice:
    • Downplayed with the Titans of Earth, but they do have a rather Darwinist way of life that's based on Asskicking Equals Authority.
    • In San and his brothers' Backstory, on their original alien homeworld, they hatched from eggs that were left to fend for themselves, and they had to flee from predators which devoured their newborn other siblings.
  • Nerves of Steel: Maia Simmons is presented as the type of Iron Lady who probably has a perfect poker face.
  • Never Recycle a Building: The abandoned Monarch outpost utilized by Jonah and his paramilitary, which is apparently not one of Monarch's officially-listed bases.
  • Nightmare Sequence:
  • No Full Name Given: Dr. Mariko, Nadezhda, Esfir and Lubyov are only known by their first names, and Tejada and Sergeant Travis are only known by their last names.
  • No Name Given: Two notable Mook Lieutenants have their names (consisting of six characters and four characters respectively) censored out, and they lack a nickname. Downplayed with several members of the Beta-3 and Theta-1 teams and Jonah's cleanup crew, who of course are known by their designations.
  • No Range Like Point-Blank Range:
    • Godzilla at one point fires his Atomic Breath at the undead Manda at closer range than usual, when the Many's cells begin coalescing.
    • Godzilla fires his Atomic Breath at Keizer Ghidorah at close range a couple times, not unlike during his Boston battle against Ghidorah in King of the Monsters.
    • Keizer at one point in that battle attempts to return the favor, but its electrical Breath Weapon fails to fire.
  • The Nose Knows:
    • Godzilla recognizes Monster X's scent as partly smelling like the scent which Serizawa had on him during his Heroic Sacrifice.
    • Manda recognizes Monster X's final form, and Thor as an ally, by Monster X's scent on both of them.
  • Not Enough to Bury: Monster X inflicts this on more than one of Jonah's goons.
  • Not Himself: This gradually and increasingly happens to Jonah and half his men in the form of erratic behaviour and Sanity Slippage as a result of exposure to San’s original head’s Psychic Powers. It’s likewise a sign that the Many and the partly-regenerated Ghidorah are close in Berezniki, drawing the population in for assimilation.
  • Nothing Exciting Ever Happens Here: Yonaguni, a relatively little-known Japanese island community, becomes the site of a battle involving three Titans and the Many due to the Yonaguni Monument's contents, which Ren Serizawa observes is unusual since the Titans have often smacked down specifically in major cities; in Chapter 13.
  • Nothing Is the Same Anymore: Lampshaded by Ford Brody after the Final Battle. Monster X's metamorphosis by Ghidorah into its final form, just like Viv and San's original rebirth as Two Beings, One Body and their second transformation after that, is one-way.
  • Not Quite Dead:
    • Ghidorah's left head ripped off by Godzilla remains partially alive and retains San's mind.
    • It's also revealed in Chapter 5 that the rest of Ghidorah can regenerate From a Single Cell – or a single head – if some part of it remains, meaning San's brothers will return in the future. Ichi, Ni and San's Evil Doppelgänger do regenerate.
    • Then there's the Theta Team attempting to wipe out the Many with explosives. It doesn't finish them, despite the report after the incident.
  • Offscreen Villain Dark Matter: Notably averted with Jonah's paramilitary, who rely on old weapons left lying about the abandoned outpost plus new ammunitions they receive on supply runs.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Vivienne has one when she realizes what the nature of Jonah's Sanity Slippage is, as does Jonah when he realizes he was too late in stopping Vivienne becoming aware he's been Playing with Syringes on his Disposable Vagrants; in Chapter 6.
    • Elle Brody and Zima have a two-person one when they suspect the true nature of the rescued survivors' pregnancies, Griffin has one when she realizes the Many are headed towards a small treasure trove of Titan biomass, and then Colonel Foster when she realizes the Many were diverting Monarch's and Godzilla's attention away from Yonaguni; all in Chapter 15.
    • In Chapter 16, Vivienne has a horrific one when she realizes what else besides turning her into the fourth head it is that Ghidorah plans to do to her.
    • Nika, the Russian father in Chapter 17, has a particularly horrific one when he finds his two sons turned into extensions of the Many.
    • Just before his Karmic Death, Ichi/Eldest Brother has a mild one when confronted with the possibility that when he dies imminently, it'll be permanent.
  • Once Done, Never Forgotten: Mark Russell is still held in contempt by some at Monarch partly for his old anti-Titan bigotry even though he's gotten over it since the events of King of the Monsters. San seems intent on holding a grudge against Ren for his hurtful outburst at Vivienne.
  • One-Man Army: Monster X is this to Alan Jonah's paramilitary force even when the hybrid body is a Body Horror newborn, nevermind once it grows bigger and stronger. Ghidorah is this to the other Titans, to the point that it could still put up a fight during a battle where Godzilla and over half a dozen other Titans were attacking Ghidorah at once.
  • One Steve Limit: Both the Brodys' son and Coleman (who are both named Sam) make appearances in the story. It's also worth noting, both Tejada and the Mook Lieutenant with a censored four-letter last name apparently have first names beginning with a V.
  • Original Characters: Thor, Nadezhda, Esfir, Lubyov and Zima. Apart from them, the majority of the fic's cast are canon characters or O.C. Stand-ins.
  • O.C. Stand-in: The author confirmed here that Tejada, Travis and Kauffman are this to notable nameless Mooks in Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019). Travis is also based on a named minor character in the movie novelization. Dr. Ling and her twin nieces Ziyi and Yong get some characterization in this story which they didn't have in their very-brief appearances in King of the Monsters. Ren Serizawa and Susan Graham are/were both The Ghost in MonsterVerse canon when the fic's incarnations were introduced.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: Besides Ghidorah, Monster X and Manda are considered draconic, and there's also MaNi/Elder Brother. Interestingly, all three of these new draconic creatures can be elementally aligned with lightning, water and undeath respectively. See their respective folders here for more details.
  • OOC Is Serious Business:
    • Vivienne wasn't easily angered when she was human, and when she was it was terrifying, but after everything she's been through since Ghidorah ate her, she's changed likely forever while being no less fierce.
    • In Chapter 5, when San calls his sister Vivienne, it must be serious.
    • Vivienne notes Ghidorah's three voices are uncharacteristically calm after she rips one of the Many's constructs apart.
    • In Chapter 16, Vivienne realizes something is wrong when Ni/Elder Brother, known for being more of a raving killing machine than his brothers, halts his ferocious behaviour to examine her features.
    • Dr. Chen of all people is reduced to furiously screaming at Ghidorah in a venomous fit when the Argo crew realize what the regenerated Ghidorah has done to Monster X, in Chapter 17.
    • Implied when Martinez swears on Jesus upon seeing Ghidorah's incomplete form. He's the Token Religious Teammate of the G-Team, something that got highlighted only a short while earlier.
  • Outrun the Fireball: During the Final Battle, Monarch's Ospreys try to outrun the electrical/nuclear blast released by Keizer Ghidorah. Griffin just barely succeeds in outrunning it, while another Osprey gets grazed and falls.
  • Palate Propping: In Chapter 13, Viv and San are at one point forced to hold the Many's flytrap-like jaws open with their hands to avoid being caught in them. Inverted in Chapter 17, when Methuselah impales his horn through Ni/Elder Brother's jaw and head, effectively immobilizing his jaws shut.
  • Papa Wolf:
    • Thor and Godzilla have both displayed indications of this in their respective displays of caring towards Monster X.
    • Mark Russell has moments with Madison but is sometimes My Beloved Smother, initially thinking she's Just a Kid who needs to be shielded when someone upsets her.
    • Darkly exploited by the Many in Chapter 17 when they're hunting and assimilating victims, using a child's voice to lure a lost and dazed father to his doom.
  • Paparazzi: Thor and Monster X's presence in the Yunnan Rainforest draws multiple human paparazzi who observe and attempt to document them from afar.
  • Parasitic Horror: Two of Ghidorah's "children" cause this. When the Many are being injected into their first human victims, it looks like something is slithering under the body's skin. One of the unborn Zmeyevich kicking like a regular baby against its mother's belly is just a little bit more visible than is human.
  • Parental Abandonment:
    • It's revealed in Chapter 10 that San and his brothers were originally born from a clutch of eggs with no biological sire involved in their early life, speculated by Vivienne to be similar to how sea turtle eggs are laid and the young have to fend for themselves. As his Character Development progresses, San becomes curious about and craves the experience of having a mother figure.
    • Downplayed with Godzilla. It's revealed in Chapter 18 that he hasn't seen his mother since he grew old enough to fend for himself, and his biological father had no direct role in his upbringing.
  • Parental Substitute: The author really seems to like this trope:
    • Serizawa was this to Vivienne like in canon's Manual, and she has a severe BSoD after she learns of his death. She calls him "father" a few times in both Japanese and Kaiju Talk.
    • Vivienne in turn was this towards Madison. Madison sincerely admits a few times, including to Vivienne herself, that she wished Vivienne would've become her mother if things had happened differently, and in Chapter 9, Mark goes as far as stating Vivienne was more of a mother to Madison than her actual mother managed to be.
    • Vivienne can be seen as a form of this towards San, in contrast to his brothers who were the only kin he knew before bonding to Vivienne. He feels little sentiment for Ichi and Ni after being separated from Ghidorah, compared to how Vivienne eventually shows him affection and forms a strong brother-sister bond with him.
    • Mothra apparently considers San and Vivienne her children after Monster X's Emergency Transformation. In Chapter 9, Vivienne is involuntarily reminded of her human mother.
    • Inverted by Thor, who acts protective towards Vivienne due to the death of his own son long ago.
    • Monster X, Godzilla and/or Rodan seem to be juggling this duty with the newborn Manda.
  • Past Experience Nightmare: It gets mentioned that Vivienne regularly dreams of Ghidorah after it killed her in Antarctica. Ilene mentions in Chapter 7 that she recently had a nightmare of Vivienne's death in Antarctica (apparently not the first one but the first in a while). Word of God states Thor likely had these during his long hibernation.
  • Percussive Maintenance: Monster X causes this in Chapter 6 by feeding enough electrical energy into the Ural outpost to activate the communications array.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • Downplayed by Tejada's unnamed friend, who admits they feel slightly sorry for Vivienne after hearing her Howl of Sorrow.
    • Tejada herself is genuinely distressed when her friend in question runs to his apparent death.
    • San-2/Youngest Brother, being an exact copy of San as he was before fusing to Vivienne, is likely to Pet Vivienne, unlike Ghidorah's other two heads.
  • Pitiful Worms:
    • Ghidorah has called humans "insects", including a brave Bone Singer who communicated with it in ancient times.
    • Vivienne after being transformed into part of Monster X occasionally mentally calls Jonah and his men insects when she's provoked to action and sufficiently enraged.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: Viv and San eventually become an inseparably close Fire-Forged Sibling Team after their fusion. Before that, Vivienne and Dr. Serizawa were extremely close, to the point that Vivienne is sent into a severe Heroic BSoD when she learns that he's dead.
  • Playing with Syringes: It's revealed in Chapter 6 that Jonah and his Basement Club have been dabbling in this, apparently with Evilutionary Biologist motives, using the Disposable Vagrants as unwilling test subjects; fusing Ghidorah's DNA to humans and creating Artificial Zombies.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Among Monarch, Jackson Barnes and Rick Stanton are this, like in King of the Monsters: Barnes gets the creeps at the sight of Scylla, and Rick is often a source of jokes concerning interactions with the drink which he always has within arm's reach no matter how grim the scene.
  • Posthumous Character:
    • Serizawa is dead, but his memory lingers strongly, especially with Vivienne throughout the story. He's apparently revered by the world for his Heroic Sacrifice.
    • Excluding San, the rest of Ghidorah (San's regrown Alternate Self, Ni and Ichi) is dead, but it is very much casting a shadow on Viv and San from beyond the grave, and Ichi and Ni are featured in flashbacks and memories. Then Ghidorah's minds start regenerating From a Single Cell.
    • Emma Russell and Admiral Stenz make minor appearances in dreams and/or flashbacks, besides being mentioned several times.
    • Subverted with Susan Graham. It isn't until Chapter 11 that we find out whether or not she died during the year that's passed since Ghidorah ate Vivienne in Antarctica.
    • Thor's mate and son, both of whom died millennia ago, eventually make an appearance in Thor's flashbacks, and their personalities are expanded on.
  • Power Echoes: This trope crops up a few confirmed times; with Monster X, and the ancient Bone Singers in San's memory; and implicitly also many other times with the Titan voices' Comic-Book Fantasy Casting choices. Unsurprising considering some of the author's tastes.
  • Power Glows: Monster X's lightning powers can produce a Volcanic Veins effect merely by San or Vivienne feeling strong emotions, and there's how their powers are, well, Shock and Awe powers. It also turns out the Ni/Elder Brother "shed skin" utilizing the Many can produce this effect as part of an intimidation display, similar to Ghidorah and other Titans.
  • The Power of Hate: One of the main emotions alongside anger that can activate and fuel either Monster X's or Ghidorah's bio-electrical powers, but only in large doses.
  • Power Incontinence:
    • Viv and San in their first form have the inverted form of this trope due to their body having too little metal traces in it to properly conduct their electrical powers.
    • Averted by MaNi/Elder Brother. Rather than the infectiousness of The Virus in his tissues being an automatic process, MaNi due to being a Ghidorah head can wilfully "turn it off" in the event he so desires, according to Word of God.
  • The Power of the Sun: The hatching of Manda's egg in Chapter 13 is seemingly triggered by contact with warm sunlight.
  • Power Up Full Color Change: Played With. When Godzilla and Mothra utilize their symbiosis, the changing colors of their respective Power Glows synchronize and cycle through several colors in unison.
  • Power-Upgrading Deformation:
    • Vivienne's first metamorphosis inside San's decapitated head does this to her, causing her to inherit Ghidorah's bio-electricity and Healing Factor but also turning her into a crippled Body Horror hybrid. Inverted by Vivienne and San's second transformation.
    • The Many's Mind Hives made of their assimilated victims are unnaturally resistant to pain and capable of all kinds of limited shapeshifting, and boy are those writhing, wretched, horrific tumor-like things that remain of the individual victims' melted bodies horrible to look at.
  • Prophet Eyes: The Many tend to turn their hosts' eyes blank and white, whilst Methuselah's milky eyes glimpsed in King of the Monsters are confirmed in this fic to be a sign that he's half-blind.
  • Protagonist Title: Monster X is officially named Titanus Abraxas in Chapter 10, based on the Gnostic figure.
  • Psychic Link: Monster X has one with Ghidorah once its three minds have regenerated, which it uses to torment Viv and San from afar. It's also all but stated that Esfir, possibly due to her broken mind combined with her Zmeyevich pregnancy, has a psychic link of her own to Ghidorah.
  • Psychic Nosebleed: Exposure to intense dosages of Ghidorah's Psychic Powers can cause humans and even Monster X to suffer this.
  • Psychic Powers: Ghidorah exhibits a powerful psychic influence on humans around it which can have Mind Rape effects or worse, and those who have Bone Singer/Grave Chanter ancestry seem to be particularly susceptible. Ghidorah later establishes Psychic Links with Monster X and the Many respectively.
  • Psychoactive Powers: Both Monster X and Ghidorah's electrical powers are fuelled by emotions, particularly negative ones like hatred or anger.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: San can be quite Manchildish when things aren't serious, and though the Psychopathic part is downplayed (especially after his Character Development), he's still more nonchalant to violence than Vivienne is. San-Who-Could-Have-Been/Youngest Brother is naturally as childlike as San was at the story's beginning and lacks San's Heel–Face Turn. Remarks about Walter Simmons in the story imply he's a Psychopathic Manchild rather like in MonsterVerse canon.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Purple is the penultimate color which Godzilla and Mothra's synchronized bioluminescence cycles through when they're powering up, in Chapter 17.

    Q-Y 
  • Quizzical Tilt:
    • Vivienne makes a couple when curious about Mariko (before Vivienne realizes who she is) knowing her name and when hearing Thor's call, and a confused one when she realizes Mothra won't tutor her in how to use her new Titan body. San, being as inquisitive as he is, makes this gesture a lot when he's curious or just confused.
    • Rodan's physical reaction to Vivienne going from trying to avoid a fight breaking out to charging in a blind attack, in Chapter 9.
    • Thor directs a couple at Vivienne, first one out of concern more than anything else and the second one when observing Monster X gathering debris.
    • Whereas most Titans reacts to an ORCA signal by either becoming pacified or becoming violent, Godzilla has no bigger response to hearing a manmade vehicle producing the signal than a head-tilt of puzzlement.
    • Manda, not unlike his adoptive uncle, makes a few of these in curiosity or concern over the story.
    • MaNi/Elder Brother responds this way when Monster X triggers a slight Ignored Epiphany in him in Chapter 16.
    • One chapter later, they return the gesture to him in a much more nightmarish context whilst they're ripping him apart.
  • Ragnarök Proofing: A lot of stuff in the Monarch outpost which has been abandoned for decades is still in working condition; including a lazer-cage containment field, and chemical weapons believed to date back to the First World War. Briefly lampshaded by Jonah in Chapter 2.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: In Chapter 11, one of the Theta-1 team is horrified when they think a woman has been artificially inseminated by Jonah's Basement Club. In Chapter 16, Vivienne is more horrified than she's ever been (and that is saying something) when she realizes Ghidorah wholly intends to inflict this on her and forcibly use her as a monster Baby Factory.
  • Rare Guns: A tank variation with the Russian Army: they have an "entire battalion" of T-14 Armata tanks, whereas in Real Life no more than a hundred of these tanks were made by 2020 before production was halted. Probably justified by the Alternate History induced by the Mass Awakening occurring in 2019.
  • Rasputinian Death:
    • It's revealed in Chapter 13 that Thor's son received one from Ghidorah in ancient times, remaining Defiant to the End even after both his arms were ripped off.
    • MaNi/Elder Brother gets impaled, his spine severed, partly decapitated, and receives Vampiric Draining, and dear God is it cathartic.
    • Keizer Ghidorah is slowly killed by a Combination Attack beatdown by eight Titans, Feed It a Bomb, and a very thorough vaporization.
    • Thor gets his arm excruciatingly torn apart by the Many, then he's horrifically partly absorbed into Ghidorah and is still alive with a broken neck, and finally he gets put out of his misery by vaporization.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    • Vivienne and San later tear into Jonah when they work out that he indirectly caused Asher's death without thinking of a better alternative, but wouldn't risk his own skin when Emma pointed a gun at him, in Chapter 6:
      Vivienne: Did you stop and think, maybe have someone else take point? Someone who isn't like your own family? A real father would trust his son's abilities, but still do what he can to help him. I would have risked my life to save someone. I died saving someone.
      Jonah: Congratulations, you’re a hero.
      San: And you. Are a cow-ard.
      […]
      Vivienne: You said Madison escaped with the ORCA. Remember that? So how did Emma get out? Did she help Madison, or…
      […]
      Jonah: [...] Since my men refused to cooperate, she held me at gunpoint.
      Vivienne: And?
      Jonah: ...I let her go.
      Vivienne: Imagine that. Hardened mercenaries against one scientist. Tell us, Colonel, did you think your men wouldn’t fire fast enough before she took the shot?
      San: Would you. Have sacri-ficed one of your own. To keep your-self. A-live?
    • In Chapter 8, Mariko tears into Mark Russell. She makes a real point about his It's All About Me personality, while also pointing out the things that made him a dick during the movie's time frame.
      Mark Russell: Do you realize how it feels to relive losing a child to monsters turning your home into a war zone?! How close I probably was to losing my daughter the same way I lost my son?!
      Mariko: Oh, shut up for once and get in line, Russell! You talk like you're the only one who's suffered! What about everyone else who lost someone, or everyone? Do they not count? Just faceless statistics? What's so special about you that makes your problems so much more important? You talk on and on about how much you hate the Titans and how we should have killed them and blah blah blah! Spouting bullshit is all you're good for! And Graham — would you say she spent her life saving yours? Because it sounds to me like she wasted it on you!
    • One of the commenters on Monster X news (whose username hints they might actually be Rick, hilariously enough) gives an Internet Jerk the RYS Speech you're likely to find somewhere in Real Life comment boards:
      "Since you're clearly so knowledgeable and experienced, by all means, give us some ideas. What should we do to prevent a Titan from crushing you in particular to death and ruining your day? Must be an important guy to single yourself out with that scenario. Well? And don't tell us you don't feel like sharing with the class."
    • As heartbreaking and understandable as their angry first reaction to Monster X was, Susan Graham still gets chewed out by San for their behavior since San's Berserk Button has been pushed.
      "YOU WERE THE REASON SHE WANTED OUT OF THE CAGE. [...] ALWAYS THINKING OF YOU, IN WAKING AND DREAMING. SHE WAS AFRAID YOU MIGHT BE DEAD, AFRAID YOU MIGHT LIVE, AFRAID OF WHAT YOU MIGHT SAY. SHE DID NOTHING WRONG, BUT YOU THUNDER IN HER EARS! YOU SAY SHE IS DEAD! YOU DON'T LISTEN! YOU HURT AND FRIGHTEN HER!"
    • When Monster X is experiencing an unpleasant face-to-face with and thus encounters Ghidorah in Chapter 16, San himself gets one from Ichi/Eldest Brother, San-2/Youngest Brother and MaNi/Elder Brother...
      Ichi: IT THINKS IT CAN PROTECT [Vivienne]? IT COULD NOT EVEN CHANGE HER INTO OUR SHAPE!
      San-2: even when you do something right you ruin it
      Ichi: IT CAUSED HER SUFFERING! IT TOOK THE QUEEN GNAT TO FIX THAT MISTAKE!
      San-2: so much of her is broken because of your mistake
      MaNi: IT CANNOT EVEN TEACH HER TO CONTROL HER POWER.
      San-2: we would have shown her the most wondrous things
      Ichi: IF IT CARED SO MUCH, IT WOULD HAVE TAUGHT HER BETTER, NO?
    • ...to which San immediately retorts with the following:
      "AND WHAT ABOUT YOU?! YOU ARE ME! CHANGING [Vivienne] WAS MY TASK! BUT I CHOSE TO STAY WITH HER! WHERE WERE YOU WHEN THE TORMENT BEGAN?! WHERE WERE YOU TO TEACH HER CONTROL?! YOU WERE PLAYING AT BEING MAKERS!"
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Godzilla among the Titans, Dr. Brooks among Monarch, and Colonel Foster among Monarch's G-Team.
  • Red Baron: Several if not all of the Titans — including Monster X within a few months of the world becoming aware of it — have numerous names. Humans with the hereditary ability to communicate with Titans are known by various names among the Titans themselves depending on the Titan in question; including Bone Singers, Corpse Whisperers, Grave Chanters and Those Who Speak To The Gods/Spirits.
  • Red Is Heroic: Monster X produces reddish-colored lightning, while Thor and Rodan are both respectively an overall red color.
  • Red Is Violent: Red bioluminescence seems to be a sign of wrath and Unstoppable Rage regardless of the Titan: Monster X, a pissed-off Mothra, Mothra and Godzilla's wrathful Combination Attacks.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Zig-Zagged by Mothra, and lampshaded in Chapter 17. Mothra is normally the Blue Oni to Godzilla's Red Oni, but when she's sufficiently pissed off, the Queen of the Monsters will become just as fierce as her King.
  • Red Shirt: Although he's one of the examples that has a name, Lieutenant Krupin is first introduced being part of the joint rescue mission between Team Mauzer and Monarch's G-Team into Artificial Zombie territory, and he dies in the same chapter that he's introduced.
  • Redshirt Army: The Gamma-5 "Wrecking Crew" mobile task force that accompany Tejada and the Theta team all end up dead (or probably worse).
  • Red Sky, Take Warning: Monster X and the unwhole Ghidorah's Weather Manipulation create a hellish-red sky filled with red lightning during the Final Battle.
  • Reincarnation: Besides Mothra's Born-Again Immortality, it's confirmed in the story that after death, there's a temporary Cessation of Existence followed by reincarnation. It's hinted that the newborn Manda might be a reincarnation of Dr. Serizawa in that respect.
    "To die is to be held once more in divine darkness, the Mother Darkness from which all Life was born; the body returns to earth as sustenance and the soul forgets, one day returning to Life as something new."
  • Reluctant Psycho:
    • Unlike a certain comrade of his, Sergeant Travis is nothing short of tormented as he suffers an induced Sanity Slippage, wanting nothing more than to feel like himself again, and he's eventually Driven to Suicide.
    • Viv and San have issues with Vivienne's untreated PTSD when something triggers it. Furthermore, Monster X has inherited the same instinct for inflicting violence when experiencing intense feelings of fear or rage such as Ghidorah's biology was hard-wired to exhibit — fortunately, Viv and San have control of it.
    • It also turns out Ghidorah was once this eons ago in its Backstory, but Slowly Slipping Into Evil turned it into the malice-fuelled monster it now is.
  • Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated:
    • Vivienne of course, who is still believed by Monarch and by the world at large to be dead until later in the story.
    • Mariko, a character in the King of the Monsters novelization who was responsible for setting Behemoth loose, is officially listed as deceased but actually survived and went off the grid.
    • And then there's San and Vivienne breaking the news to Monarch that Ghidorah is regenerating From a Single Cell.
  • Research, Inc.: Apex Cybernetics, like in Godzilla vs. Kong. An executive of theirs approaches Monarch with blueprints for innovative new vehicles and protective suits that are designed with the new age of the Titans in mind.
  • Retractable Appendages:
    • MaNi/Elder Brother reconstructs a bone spike from his broken arm as a stabbing appendage, and can retract it at will.
    • Monster X in its final form has a pair of giant wings which it can retract and fold into an elytron-like crest/shell.
  • Revision: The story does a bit of this to some of the events of King of the Monsters: namely, Ghidorah eating Vivienne in Antarctica and Serizawa's possible Together in Death second motivation for making his Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Roar Before Beating:
    • Godzilla upholds his tradition in the beginning of a training match with Monster X, and Viv and San in turn exchange one with him when attempting to mimic wolverines' alleged yowling tactic, in Chapter 9.
    • In Chapter 17, Monster X starts a pre-asskicking war cry among the Titans:
      "RIP AND TEAR!"
  • Sadist: Ghidorah naturally, as it (particularly Ichi/Eldest Brother) will kill anyone who catches Ghidorah's attention if they're fortunate, whilst with Vivienne he instead tried to grant her a Fate Worse than Death for unknowingly hitting that particular head's Berserk Button. This also applies to MaNi/Elder Brother, who proves that Ni can be just as bad as Ichi when properly motivated.
  • Sanity Slippage:
    • Vivienne has been teetering on this due to her Trauma Conga Line throughout the story and her suffering untreated PTSD symptoms. It doesn't help that Ghidorah actively wants her to complete the slip and suffer a Start of Darkness.
    • The psychic influence of the decapitated Ghidorah-head gradually inflicts this on Jonah and most of his Basement Club with varying effects; making Jonah turn genuinely crazy, making Travis and others turn suicidal at differing rates, and making some act… well… creepy. It leads to the creation and proliferation of the Many.
  • Say My Name:
    • Monster X have a couple instances. They scream Jonah's name whilst in an Unstoppable Rage, and it's difficult to tell at this point whether it's Vivienne or San speaking in Chapter 6. San tends to cry out to Vivienne when he's particularly distressed and terrified for one or both their lives, using her name in You Called Me "X"; It Must Be Serious manner.
    • In Chapter 10, Madison, while she's alone, tests on her tongue the new name of the Two Beings, One Body creature that her resurrected Parental Substitute has become half of.
    • Susan Graham screams Vivienne's name when she realizes half of the two-headed Titan is her daughter resurrected just as the creature departs, in Chapter 12.
  • Scars Are Forever:
    • Rodan is mentioned in Chapter 10 as having a scar on his rocky skin where Mothra impaled him in the film.
    • Mariko is somewhat disfigured from the destruction of Outpost 58, with noticeable skin grafts on her face.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Mega-Corp big-shot Walter Simmons, according to his daughter, would "just throw out his sales pitch and toss money at the problem without hearing what anyone has to say" if he had his own way.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Mariko and Tejada when Monster X escapes in Chapter 6, partly because it's clear at this point that Jonah and his closest subordinates are losing it and that there’s no such thing as safe for anyone inside the base.
  • Serpent of Immortality: It's confirmed that Ghidorah was born eons ago, and has an unlimited lifespan unless every last viable piece of it is killed. Monster X, which is likewise draconic, will apparently live forever or at least for a very long time unless killed.
  • Shared Family Quirks: The late Dr. Serizawa and his son Ren have some differences; but they both have an interest in marine archaeology, and Mark observes Ren projecting a Serizawa-like aura when they're observing Berezniki before a Titan battle commences.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Vivienne's experience of being Swallowed Whole by Ichi has turned her into this after she's reborn as part of Monster X, and the Trauma Conga Line she's suffered since hasn't done much to help; exhibiting signs of untreated PTSD. Human characters show much milder signs of PTSD from encountering Ghidorah.
  • Shipper on Deck: In Chapter 7, Dr. Ling teases her sister Ilene about the subtle hints there was something between her and Mark Russell in King of the Monsters. By the story's end, multiple internet forumers are shipping Monster X with Rodan, and even Susan thinks Monster X has something with Godzilla and/or Rodan.
  • Ship Tease:
    • It's been heavily implied that Godzilla and Mothra's symbiotic and emotional relationship is probably also romantic. Fitting since the author is a shipper.
    • There's been a couple humorous moments where other characters (namely Rodan and Lieutenant Brody) have made this joke about Vivienne's attitude towards and interactions with Godzilla both before and after her fusion with San.
  • Shmuck Bait: Averted by the Monarch torch-and-bury operation when they find three Disposable Vagrants practically placed out for them in the abandoned outpost's lower levels, as they rightfully exercise appropriate precautions when approaching them; in Chapter 11.
  • Shock and Awe: Monster X, who has inherited Ghidorah's bio-electrical abilities (referred to by San as "the storm"), although their abilities aren't quite the same. Also Thor, who can use his own bio-electrical powers offensively or as a form of communication.
  • Shown Their Work: The author really knows their MonsterVerse lore, with the fic featuring references to various events that were depicted in MonsterVerse novelizations, movie Deleted Scenes and spin-off graphic novels.
  • Sickening "Crunch!": There are quite a few of these during the story when characters are being mutilated or ripped apart. It's prominently used by the author in found footage transcription scenes such as Krupin's death. It also occurs when Monster X is fighting MaNi/Elder Brother and a few bones (it's ambiguous at times which Titan's) are being broken.
  • Signature Team Transport: The Argo reappears serving as the Monarch brass's main flagship in Chapter 17.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: Discussed, inverted and exploited in Chapter 18. Dr. Brooks discourages Mark from enrolling Madison in a public school since her mother was an infamous genocidal madwoman who murdered millions of people by proxy not long ago, and the students might take Kids Are Cruel to the deadly extreme. Ren Serizawa's family name carries a lot of weight due to his Famed in Story late father, which enables him to infiltrate Apex Cybernetics as a spy.
  • Slasher Smile: Besides Ghidorah's heads (particularly the middle head); Jonah shows a "rictus grimace of a smile" more than once following his Sanity Slippage. Monster X themselves hand out a few to MaNi/Elder Brother and the partly-resurrected Ghidorah, and MaNi has a couple terrifyingly perverse smiles for Vivienne. Godzilla also has a couple Slasher Smiles when it comes to joining his Queen in kicking Ghidorah's ass.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: The story shows both the utterly jading trauma the world can inflict on one, and how there can be silver linings or how things can still get better, and how things can get worse all over again after.
  • Snakes Are Sinister: MaNi/Elder Brother has a serpentine lower body, continuing the serpentine theme of Ghidorah, and he's utterly Ax-Crazy. Averted by San after his Heel–Face Turn, with his head retaining his Ghidorah serpentine qualities in Monster X's first two forms.
  • Snow Means Death: Vivienne and Madison both associate snow with Ghidorah's rising in Antarctica (which is also the site of Vivienne's death) in their flashbacks.
  • Sound-Only Death: Krupin's death is largely unseen and is only heard in Chapter 7. Likewise, the violent doom of the Skullcrawlers and T1-Echo respectively are only heard and not seen.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: Vivienne is one of the modern humans with a strong hereditary potential ability to communicate with the Titans to a limited extent (manifesting as a hypnotic state with throat-singing).
  • Spectacular Spinning: Battling Titans pull this off a couple times during the story. Rodan often uses aerial maneuvres like the aileron roll with his body as an attack, Keizer Ghidorah at one point knocks Rodan out of the air with its tails whilst spinning, and Monster X performs a Human Hammer-Throw with a Many-infected Skullcrawler.
  • Stalker Without a Crush: Ghidorah's three minds psychically stalked Vivienne while Ghidorah was frozen, and after Ichi, Ni and San-2's minds have regenerated in the present, they begin psychically stalking Monster X and trying to inflict Break Them by Talking. The trope becomes horrifically Zig-Zagged when Ghidorah's heads plan to turn Vivienne into a monster Baby Factory, with MaNi/Elder Brother being all too happy to use Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil to torture her.
  • Stock Sound Effects: The author states that Monster X's roar sounds the same as its original incarnation's roar, while Mandazawa is alleged to produce a set of clicking stock vocalizations that science fiction has used more than once.
  • A Storm Is Coming: Due to Ghidorah-derived Weather Manipulation. There's the Many generating a thunderstorm before their emergence at Yonaguni in Chapter 13, and there's an unnatural thunderstorm forming above Berezniki before Ghidorah reveals itself and the Final Battle commences.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Vivienne's mother Susan Graham resembles her daughter (when the latter was still human) but with softer features, and Susan would claim that Vivienne facially took more after her father.
  • Stunned Silence:
    • Mariko, Tejada and a Mook Lieutenant all respond this way when Jonah shoots one of his Mooks dead attempting to keep them from spilling more than they just have about the Basement Club's Playing with Syringes, in Chapter 6.
    • Viv and San have a very brief one when Thor brings up his son's death in Chapter 13.

  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome:
    • Jonah and his paramilitary might be an evil organization currently in hiding, but they're still reliant on maintaining business transactions and supply runs for things like ammunition, especially since their current hiding place is in the middle of nowhere in the Russian tundra.
    • In Monster X's first form, it turns out the radical alterations to Vivienne's body including her vocal chords mean that while she and San retain her human form's vocal ability to speak human tongues, their voice sounds practically nothing like what Vivienne's human voice did.
    • Lampshaded in Chapter 3 when Vivienne first becomes aware of the Oxygen Destroyer's development and its launch, noting it must've had a shitload of ethical questions attached, it would likely have severe political and ecological ramifications, and it was incredibly stupid to launch such a powerful weapon which she suspects was untested.
    • Unlike your classic Generic Doomsday Villain, Jonah doesn't always commit to visiting Monster X for the sake of drama – as the leader of an underground paramilitary that's currently still active in black market dealings and is conducting experiments on more than one specimen; he has other responsibilities that he commits time to, and it's a reluctant Mariko who conducts experiments on Monster X when Jonah is otherwise busy.
    • When someone's in the midst of an Unstoppable Rage spliced with Roaring Rampage of Revenge like Vivienne is in Chapter 6, due to the Rule of Drama you probably wouldn't expect it to end due to a very sharp, sudden and unexpected Heroic RRoD, but that's pretty much what happens.
    • You'd expect a fic with so much horror, trauma and Nightmare Fuel in the first several chapters to remain all doom and blood and gore and pessimism throughout from start to end, right? Well, this is a story about trauma and healing. We don't just see Monster X in Hostel level horror settings and torture. When things are looking up, we get the satisfaction of seeing Viv and San in much more tranquil and open settings, where they're among allies and friends and they can recuperate their minds.
    • What the public's initial reaction to Monster X shows about how humanity's general attitude to Titans after the events of Godzilla: King of the Monsters: most people are now content with humans and Titans coexisting peacefully due to the Titans' ecology-renewing effects and because the Titans have proven they can share the planet with human life without destroying us, but no matter what there will still be a negatively prejudiced psychographic of Titan-deniers, who are in the minority.
    • San is not Easily Forgiven of Ghidorah's actions by most characters who interact with him.
    • Mark is disliked by some in Monarch and gets You Should Have Died Instead over Vivienne's death, which makes sense for a few reasons. He'd been outside of Monarch's social circle for years before the events of King of the Monsters, Coleman probably wasn't the only friend of Vivienne who'd only joined Monarch after Mark's departure and therefore didn't really know Mark beforehand, Mark frankly was an obnoxious prick to mostly everyone around him in Monarch until his Jerkass Realization in the movie, and Mark hadn't exactly used his life productively during the years since his departure compared to what Vivienne was doing with her life in that time.
    • A mild case when characters interact with Mark. Unlike in the MonsterVerse movies where characters' In-Universe patience with Mark can at times feel a bit forced when his emotions are getting to his head and he's striking out; when Ren, Mariko, Vivienne and Brooks interact with a winded-up Mark, they'll only put up with a short amount of it before making it clear that as far as they're concerned, Mark's tragic story is no excuse for him redirecting his temper at people around him who have done him no wrong.
    • It's been indicated that Ghidorah has a modus operandi of destroying worlds by blanketing them in Perpetual Storms, but it doesn't use this method universally, and it'll try different ways to create mass extinction on a world every once in a while. Which makes sense, 'cos you probably wouldn't want to have to try the same thing every single time without variation either if you were an Ageless, eons-old spacefaring Planet Destroyer.
    • Mark Russell in Chapter 12 admits that Emma's death hurt and that she did commit a Heroic Sacrifice, but he still doubts the latter outweighs the crimes she committed (which would've rivaled Hitler and Stalin's genocides in scope had her plan succeeded), and Madison calls out the sheer hypocrisy in trying to make Andrew's death 'matter' by replicating the very same tragedy on millions of innocents.
    • With everything Mark and Madison (the latter especially) went through in King of the Monsters, it'd be more shocking if they didn't have to see a professional therapist afterwards.
    • Viv and San's violent seizure caused by Ghidorah does not leave them with all their bones unbroken afterwards.
    • When MaNi/Elder Brother's head is being bludgeoned, one of the weapon's spikes gets stuck in his skull, and Monster X despite their Tranquil Fury has to take a moment to wrench the thing loose again. It plays almost like a Throw It In! moment on a movie set.
    • Dr. Brooks brings up some Surprisingly Realistic pointers that weren't addressed by Godzilla vs. Kong when he discourages Mark from enrolling Madison in a public school. Considering Madison's late mother is the infamous instigator of the Mass Awakening which caused millions of deaths around the world before Ghidorah's death at Boston, and the consequences of said mother's crimes are still fresh in the populace's minds; if other students were to learn of Madison's relation to Emma, at best she'd be a social outcast or worse yet another kid could try to shiv or shoot her or she could even end up suffering a lynch mob, and even the teachers probably wouldn't intervene to help her.
    • A rather tragic one with Susan Graham. Because of her ailing memory, she can't quite remember her daughter's current age or her long-dead husband's face even in a very intimate scene.

  • Survivor Guilt:
    • Vivienne's nightmare in Chapter 3 reveals she has a level of this concerning numerous civilians and Monarch personnel who were killed by the MUTOs, Jonah’s mercenaries and Ghidorah.
    • Thor has a small amount concerning the genocide of his species, because he knows he went into hibernation as much to preserve his own life as to prevent Ghidorah from using his bio-electrical powers for its own ends.
    • Mark Russell has been suffering this after Vivienne's apparent death in Antarctica, and Monarch personnel's hushed You Should Have Died Instead feelings have added to it. It doesn't get better when Vivienne returns, until she sets him straight in Chapter 9.
  • Swallowed Whole: It turns out that when Ghidorah killed Vivienne this way during King of the Monsters, she was Only Mostly Dead, as she was revived and metamorphosed inside San's head to form an Artificial Hybrid. In Chapter 16, Ghidorah inflicts this on her and San again as a way of taking them into its body to transform them into their final form. It's also shown in Chapter 17 that the Many-infected Skullcrawlers do this to assimilate the people they find.
  • Swiss Cheese Security: A somewhat mild case with Monarch's security, not unlike their security inefficiency in canon. Mariko escaping her cell and getting past other door-locks is justified by a power outage, but no-one seems to consider her dangerous enough that guard personnel would obstruct her at her cell door or try to stop her walking free during the excitement of witnessing Monster X's rebirth.
  • Tail Slap: Monster X, Godzilla (like in MonsterVerse canon), MaNi/Elder Brother and Keizer Ghidorah have all used their tails offensively in this manner during the story, and Manda can use it to deliver a venomous sting even as an infant. In Chapter 3, the Tyrannosaurus in Vivienne's dream uses this move defensively.
  • Take That!:
    • As revealed in Chapter 8, apparently McGraw used to argue that Ghidorah (who's referred to as a dragon by Vivienne and Mothra in the fic) shouldn't be called a dragon because it doesn't have the correct number of legs and heads, to a Monarch biologist's exasperation. Anyone who has enough familiarity with dragon fantasy will know there are actually staunch McGraw's in Real Life.
    • The author seems to be subtly bashing Mark Russell while avoiding crossing into Ron the Death Eater territory; with Mariko having less tolerance for putting up with Mark's bullcrap than the rest of Monarch do, and with Mark's Survivor Guilt and the You Should Have Died Instead he's received over Vivienne's death in Antarctica. The author has admitted that she finds Mark quite punchable, and for anyone who felt the same way about him reading this is quite satisfying.
  • Talkative Loon: Ghidorah's three minds talking over each other at or about the same thing is pretty jarring. The Many, with their Legion voices and Ax-Crazy dialogue are pretty unnerving themselves.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Mariko initially isn't enthusiastic about working with Jonah, and her enthusiasm continues to decrease. She also allies with San and Vivienne in Chapter 6 though the duo neither like nor trust her.
  • Teeth Flying: Both Ghidorah's middle head and MaNi/Elder Brother (albeit the Skullcrawler half of his body rather than the half holding his own head) receive blows violent enough to cause this in Chapter 17, when fighting Godzilla and Monster X respectively.
  • Telepathy: San after their merger, and Ghidorah's three heads via Psychic Link, can communicate with Vivienne this way (the author has described what each of their voices sound like here). And there's Ghidorah's Hive Mind with the Many.
  • Terse Talker: San and Thor in particular both do this at times when they're agitated.
  • Tested on Humans / Unwitting Test Subjects: It's revealed in Chapter 6 that Jonah has been abducting the mercenaries' Disposable Vagrants and forcibly using them as test subjects for experiments with Ghidorah's DNA, turning them into Artificial Zombies.
  • That Liar Lies: Vivienne at first responds this way when informed of Serizawa's death in Chapter 4. Madison says this to San in Chapter 8 when he says he doesn't remember Ghidorah attempting to kill her, as she's unaware that San Cannot Tell a Lie.
  • Thematic Theme Tune: The author has described the music of Heilung as being in-tune with the story's theme, in particular 'Krigsgaldr'.
  • Theme Naming: Monster X's (Abraxas') scientific Meaningful Name continues the MonsterVerse's tradition where the Titans are often named after mythological figures if they aren't the source of the original lore, while the newborn Manda's name continues the A Dog Named "Dog" tradition with the kaiju species and individuals in the Godzilla franchise. Both Vivienne and the regenerating Ghidorah think that if it were to succeed in absorbing Vivienne, she'd be called Shinote  in line with each of Ghidorah's three heads having Japanese numerals as their human-given nicknames.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: When killing Ghidorah, the terrestrial Titans would attempt to actively eradicate as much of every last bit of its body as possible, because it has come back From a Single Cell before. This trope is also a requirement with the Many due to them being The Virus and The Assimilator in one.
  • Third-Person Person: San and San-Who-Could-Have-Been/Youngest Brother, sort of. San at first either refers to himself as "this one" or doesn't use first-person pronouns at all, but he starts using first-person pronouns as his Character Development progresses. The author went into further detail about it here.
  • This Cannot Be!: A couple cases occur in Chapter 17. Sam Coleman basically reacts this way to the looming realization that literally the entire population of Berezniki have been assimilated by the Many. Finally, this trope ends up basically being the last words of Ghidorah's middle head following a Break Them by Talking that completes his Villainous Breakdown.
  • Thousand-Yard Stare: The Shell-Shocked Veteran Vivienne and the ancient, weary Godzilla both have moments where they display this gaze. Vivienne observes that Godzilla's gaze often looks tired and world-weary as if he's looking right through someone, whilst the post-PTSD look in the now-Titan Vivienne's eyes is compared by the human characters to the look of a soldier coming home from war for the first time.
  • Token Good Teammate: San before his head was severed from Ghidorah, was the least malicious of the three heads (though still not entirely devoid of sadism) and overall the only one who exhibits any real capacity for a Heel–Face Turn or any desire for affection towards Vivienne. This also applies to San's Alternate Self which Ghidorah regenerates.
  • Torture Cellar: The existence of one is heavily referenced and felt in the abandoned Monarch outpost, with Jonah and his aptly-nicknamed Basement Club's activities: experimenting with Ghidorah's DNA and Playing with Syringes to create Artificial Zombies.
  • Tough Love: Implied between Maia Simmons and her father Walter in the final chapter, with Maia stating her father encouraged independence; a nod to the Godzilla vs. Kong novelization's expansion on the pair's relationship in the MonsterVerse.
  • Tragic Villain:
    • Jonah is an irredeemably evil snake, but even to the end before his Sanity Slippage consumed him, the best (or the least vile) part of him still wanted to have his dead daughter back.
    • Ghidorah is revealed to be a Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds by origin. Besides that, the author and a reviewer have both noted that it's rather tragic that San-2 has the same potential for a Heel–Face Turn as the main San, but remaining attached to Ichi/Eldest Brother and Ni/Elder Brother prevents that from happening.
  • Tranquil Fury:
    • Discussed in Chapter 9. It's made clear during the story that Godzilla relies on this kind of controlled and calculated fury to fuel his actions when fighting.
    • Monster X puts this kind of rage to good use when giving MaNi/Elder Brother a Curb-Stomp Battle in Chapter 17. MaNi/Elder Brother mentally compares the quietness and calm belying Monster X's sheer ferocity to the calm within the eye of a raging superstorm.
  • Trapped in Containment: Berezniki is quarantined in response to the escalating tectonic phenomena and missing-persons crisis, which only leaves everyone who's consequently trapped inside at the mercy of the Many.
  • Trash Talk:
    • Viv and San exchange some of this with Jonah during Monster X's fight against the Many's Mind Hive which Jonah is attached to, in Chapter 13.
    • Played With by Ghidorah and Thor. Before they end up fighting, Ghidorah directs some vicious scorns and insults at Thor regarding him leaving the other Thunderers to die, and Thor in turn pisses Ghidorah into accepting his challenge by accusing Ghidorah of cowardice.
  • Troll: One internet user commenting on Monster X news proves themself to be an internet troll.
  • Troubled Fetal Position: Vivienne has curled into this position a few times when sufficiently traumatized or confused (once when she was human, again as part of Monster X). Sergeant Travis is curled up in this position after his Sanity Slippage has worsened, in Chapter 7.
  • Turn Out Like His Father:
    • When Monster X first comes to the public's attention, they're fearful that the new two-headed Titan will be like Ghidorah, noting the physical resemblance.
    • Madison inflicts this trope on herself in Chapter 17, unable to help feeling she's going to turn herself into her mother by using an ORCA signal to awaken Monster X.
  • Two Beings, One Body: Monster X and Ghidorah, with the multiple beings that make up either multi-headed creature controlling their own head.
  • Two-Faced: A couple non-villainous examples occur with Monster X over the story: in Chapter 3, San manifests in Vivienne's dream as a near-duplicate of her with the left side looking disfigured and Ghidorah-like, and in Chapter 16, both heads suffer this level of damage due to a Heroic RRoD. In Chapter 17, Ghidorah's right head takes this level of damage to his face.
  • Uncertain Doom: In Chapter 9, Vivienne is unsure whether her mother is still alive, has died of old age since the Mass Awakening, or died in Ghidorah's global Titan chaos. Subverted when Susan's fate is finally revealed in Chapter 11.
  • Underwater Ruins: Downplayed with the Yonaguni Monument. In Real Life, it's uncertain whether the Monument is literally an ancient manmade structure or its formations occurred naturally — in this fic, it's explicitly revealed to be the former.
  • Unfinished, Untested, Used Anyway: The Argo's new bio-acoustics speakers end up seeing their first test run when they're used in action during the Berezniki battle.
  • Unspoken Plan Guarantee: A villainous case when the Many successfully divert Godzilla and cut off Castle Bravo, preventing them from warning Monster X of an impending Dynamic Entry in Chapter 15.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Jonah seems to have been the accidental kind who blunders into helping rather than being actively manipulated, due to the long-term repercussions of him selling Ghidorah's DNA from San's old head on to other parties. It's later implied in the story that Bio-Major, who are apparently one of Jonah's buyers, are unwittingly aiding Ghidorah's long-term plan by using Ghidorah's DNA for fertility treatments.
  • Urban Ruins: Parts of Higawa are reduced to this by the Titans' battle against the Many, as observed in Chapter 14.
  • Vagueness Is Coming: One person who's psychically affected by the Many and/or Ghidorah says the following regarding their Evil Plan for Monster X, in Chapter 16:
    "palach is coming"
  • Vengeance Feels Empty: Vivienne seemingly reacts this way when she and San finally kill Jonah in Chapter 13. Ghidorah had a similar reaction to exterminating the aliens who drove it to evil, though for different reasons.
  • Villainous Breakdown:
    • Jonah has a brief one in Chapter 6 when it looks like he's stuck on the wrong side of a door with a vengeful Monster X right behind him, freaking out and screaming at his men to get the door open.
    • Come Chapter 17, Ghidorah gradually grows more and more impatient with the benevolent Titans fighting against it, and Ichi/Eldest Brother is reduced to a This Cannot Be! reaction in his final moments whilst MaNi/Elder Brother likewise loses it during his slow, Undignified Death.
  • Villainous Friendship: Tejada has this with an unnamed Mook Lieutenant — they play cards together in their downtime, Tejada tries to save said friend when the latter runs to their death, and overall Tejada is rarely seen without this guy before their death in Chapter 6. Also, both of them were apparently genuinely saddened by the death of Kauffman, another merc.
  • Villainous Incest: Both Ghidorah's regenerating body and MaNi/Elder Brother are perfectly happy to use Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil among other Cold-Blooded Torture on Monster X to torment Vivienne into Ax-Crazy insanity, and are planning to use Monster X as a monster Baby Factory. All this despite the transformed Vivienne being considered by Ghidorah's heads to be both their sister and their offspring.
  • Villainous Underdog: Jonah and his paramilitary could be squashed like grapes by Viv and San if they weren't using ammunitions, a containment field and psychological tactics against the hybrid.
  • Villain Respect:
    • Played With by San. After his Heel–Face Turn, it's clear when he's recalling the death of Thor's son by him and his brothers that he thought the opponent died quite honorably, fighting to the end even after he was dismembered.
    • Ichi/Eldest Brother also expresses a brief moment of this for Monster X during his Defiant to the End after Keizer Ghidorah is defeated.
  • Villains Out Shopping: Two of Jonah's paramilitary troops — Tejada and the Mook Lieutenant she's friends with — spend their downtime playing cards, and they even invite Mariko to join them, in Chapter 6.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Vivienne and Lauren Griffin apparently had this kind of dynamic before the events in Antarctica. They considered each-other a nerd and a jarhead respectively, yet Vivienne finds in Chapter 14 that she's very much missed their banter.
  • The Voiceless: Lubyov is "deathly quiet" and is never shown speaking a word. Amongst the Titans in Chapter 17, the MUTO Queen never actually speaks.
  • Voices Are Mental:
    • Zig-Zagged by Monster X: in its first form, its roar sounds like a mix of a human's scream and Ghidorah's roar, but when they speak verbally, they sound like the Gravemind from Halo, then in their second form, they can project vocalizations in San's telepathic voice and Vivienne's original human voice through electronics.
    • Played Straight by the Many with their I Am Legion psychic voices.
  • We Can Rule Together: Apex Cybernetics executive Maia Simmons gives Monarch an impressive pitch about collaborating together, suggesting that their two organizations can achieve technological and medicinal advances and make further history than Monarch already has. Monarch are playing ball for the time being.
  • When He Smiles: It's quite disarming whenever Vivienne or humans see San smiling in genuine happiness instead of a Slasher Smile. When Vivienne sees Ren smiling in joy at Manda in Chapter 14, she's reminded of Serizawa.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Generally Played for Laughs. San still hates being in deep waters even though Monster X's different build and Vivienne's skill mean they can swim unlike Ghidorah, and Scylla's legs give Barnes the creeps.
  • A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: Apex Cybernetics approach Monarch with plans for legitimate projects intended to make humanity better equipped to defend themselves and to aid the benevolent Titans in fighting off threats that are on their power level. Any reader who watched Godzilla vs. Kong will already suspect they're not trustworthy, and indeed, what Apex are not telling Monarch is that they're illegally holding two Zmeyevich captive.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Both Jonah and Ghidorah respectively became the omnicidal evil snakes they now are after something genuinely tragic and traumatic happened to them that pushed them over the edge.
  • Would Hurt a Child:
    • Children, human or Titan, are not exempt from being targeted by the Many for assimilation in the slightest.
    • MaNi/Elder Brother if anything seems to be encouraged by the idea of attacking a defenseless baby.
    • In a nod to the King of the Monsters novelization, Madison mentions that Jonah once casually ordered one of his men to slit her throat if her mother didn't behave. A deleted scene described here would have confirmed that children are not exempt from being submitted to Jonah's Artificial Zombie-creating Playing with Syringes.
  • Yellow Lightning, Blue Lightning: Ghidorah's electrical powers produce yellow lightning, Monster X's produce red lightning, and Thor's produce blue lightning.
  • Your Worst Nightmare: Ghidorah has been tormenting Viv and San's (particularly Vivienne's) sleeping hours as well as their waking ones via Psychic Link.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are!: Vivienne is told as much by Godzilla in Chapter 9, then by Rodan in Chapter 13, regarding different aspects of her turning into The Berserker.
  • You Should Have Died Instead:
    • Mark Russell is on the receiving end from multiple people at Monarch due to Vivienne's death in Antarctica.
    • Vivienne herself briefly receives a variation from Ren Serizawa in Chapter 14, when he asks why it was her instead of Dr. Serizawa who came Back from the Dead.

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